West Virginia’s judiciary is lacking in efficiency and effectiveness. The absence of an intermediate court means the Supreme Court does not give every West Virginian the due process they deserve.
This bill would create an Intermediate Appellate Court that would hear civil cases, guardianships and conservatorships, family court, and workers’ compensation cases.
Judges would be elected by the people and serve a 10-year term.
The intermediate court would free up resources for the Supreme Court and enable them to hear and rule definitively on more cases, including criminal appeals.
West Virginia deserves to give equal justice under the law and this bill creates a much-needed improvement on our state’s judicial review process.