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Attorney in Westvirginia, WV

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West Virginia State Records
Why West Virginia Court Records are Available to the Public

In 1992, the West Virginia State Legislature passed a law named the West Virginia Freedom of Information Act. This law enabled the last changes in 2001 and aims to make sure disclosure of court records and other public records to the public.
What Court Records Access Means To You?

The law is similar to the West Virginia Open Meeting Law which legislates the methods by which public meetings are held. The West Virginia Freedom of Information Act intent is that all records maintained by state and local government entities be available for public access and copying.
Accountability to the Public

When the legislature enacted West Virginia Freedom of Information Act, it expressively declared that access to information about the conduct of the people’s business is a fundamental and necessary right of every person in this state, §29B-1-1. Declaration of policy. Indeed, in West Virginia, access to the government and court records, in particular, a fundamental interest in citizenship and has emphasized that maxim disclosure of the conduct of governmental operations act.

By promoting prompt public access to government records, the West Virginia Freedom of Information Act is to safeguard the government's accountability to the public.
How the West Virginia Court Process Functions?

Most cases in West Virginia courts begin in one of the 55 superior or trial courts in the state’s 55 counties.

The next level of judicial authority resides with the Court of Appeals. Most cases before the Court of Appeals involves the review of a superior court decision being contested by a party involved in the case.

The Supreme Court of Appeal serves as the highest court in the state and has the discretion to check decisions of the Court of Appeals to settle important questions of law and to resolve conflicts among the Court of Appeals.
Some differences between Civil Court and Small Claims Court below
Practice Areas
 Legal Services  Injuries & Accidents
 Abuse (Child, Domestic, Sexual)  Insurance
 Agencies & Administration  Investments (Securities, IPOs)
 Auto (Speeding, Traffic)  Juveniles
 Auto (Accidents, Insurance)  Landlord/Tenant
 Banking (Business, Mortgage)  Medical Malpractice
 Bankruptcy  Motor Vehicle Accidents
 Business Law  Negligence
 Children (Custody, Support)  Malpractice - Professional
 Class Actions (Drugs, Products)  Mediation
 Commercial Law and Contracts  Online / Video Legal Consultation
 Commercial Real Estate  Parents (Elder Law, Medicare, SSI)
 Commerical Litigation  Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks
 Construction (Accidents, Disputes)  Pay and Benefits
 Contract Disputes  Personal Injury
 COVID-19-Related Legal Help  Probate & Contested Wills
 Credit (Collections, Rights)  Product Liability
 Criminal Law  Real Estate/Property
 Discrimination/Harassment  Social Security
 Divorce  Taxes
 Eminent Domain/Condemnation  Transportation
 Employment Law  Unions
 Entertainment & Media  Immigration, Visas, Citizenship, Deportation
 Environmental Law/Zoning  White Collar Crime
 Family Law  Workers' Compensation
 Financing & Taxes  Wrongful Death
 Health Care & Insurance  Wrongful Termination
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Location
Charleston WV
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