West Virginia: bill requires circuit court clerks report to legislature, governor, and supreme court on cases that exceed time standards

I mentioned earlier this session the Florida House bill that would require that state’s supreme court provide a “detailed explanation” to the governor and legislature for cases that take longer than 180 days. Now at least 10 members of the West Virginia House want similar reports for that state’s general jurisdiction Circuit Courts.

Under HB 2685 as filed every circuit clerk would be required to produce a report at least quarterly to the Supreme Court of Appeals, Governor, and Legislature “listing all pending cases which have exceeded the time standards for trial courts as established by rules of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.” It is likely this is a reference to Trial Court Rule 16. Moreover, the reports would be available to the public on request.

HB 2685 has been filed in the House Judiciary Committee.