Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia Judicial Emergency Order, Amended Re Remote Proceedings and Public Access (Issued April 22, 2020)
Orders that all in-person proceedings and deadlines between March 23 and May 15 be stayed through May 18, including jury trials. Stays deadlines in court rules, scheduling orders, and administrative rules through May 18, and extends statutes of limitations set to expire between March 23 and May 15 to May 18. Proceedings, hearings, or bench trials can occur if they can be done via telephone or videoconference and with the mutual consent of the parties. Emergency proceedings required to protect public safety may go forward but should limit person-to-person contact whenever possible. Courts should develop plans to ensure public access to the judicial system while most operations are being performed remotely.