West Virginia 2012 Legislative Year in Review

New laws and resolutions affecting the courts enacted or adopted by the West Virginia legislature in 2012 include the following:

HB 4291 Authorizes the Supreme Court of Appeals to determine which county law libraries are being used and should be continued as an obligation of the state.

HB 4314 Provides where a vacancy occurs in office of magistrate judge, person appointed must be of same political party as former officeholder.

HB 4648 Implements domestic violence court pilot project.

SB 100 Alters the mandatory nature of certain fee collections and to remove the requirement that the circuit court charge three times the amount of actual postage when mailing documents.

SB 471 Authorizes Supreme Court establish mental hygiene commissioners compensation.