Courts in West Virginia
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West Virginia's Family Courts hear domestic relations and domestic violence cases, and its Municipal Courts hear DWI/DUI and traffic infraction cases. West Virginia's Magistrate's Courts hear a variety of civil cases, including those relating to torts, contracts, juvenile and misdemeanor charges, as well as traffic infractions. In West Virginia, Circuit Courts are trial courts that handle domestic relations, mental health, juvenile, torts, real property, and probate and estate matters, and also hear cases regarding felony charges and criminal appeals. Circuit Courts also serve as West Virginia's appeals court for civil appeals. The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals is the highest court in the state, and can hear all types of appeals cases. To find out more about West Virginia courts, visit the West Virginia Judiciary's website at To get copies of West Virginia court documents, or find information about West Virginia court records, contact the court where the case took place, of the Clerk of Courts office in the county where the court is located. A directory of West Virginia courts and clerks can be found at
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23, Jul 2014 - Harshaw sentenced on drug charges
Michael Harshaw, 38, of Hinton, West Virginia appeared before United States District Judge Irene C. Berger on drug charges in federal court in Beckley.Harshaw was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to setting up a transaction to distribute five oxycodone pills to a police informant in October of 2012. He also admitted that he was in possession of a quantity of xanax pills ...
23, Jul 2014 - West Virginia governor's brother sentenced for drug charges
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- The brother of West Virginia's governor has been sentenced to eight months of home confinement and three years of probation for federal drug charges.Fifty-year-old Carl Tomblin of Chapmanville received the sentence Wednesday in federal court in Charleston.Tomblin pleaded guilty in March to distributing the painkiller oxymorphone.Federal prosecutors say Tomblin sold ...
23, Jul 2014 - Mercer, WV Mercer prosecutor won't retry murder case
By Kate White The 1998 murder charge pending against Davie Hurt will be dismissed, Mercer County Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ash said Wednesday. Last month, the West Virginia Supreme Court sided with a lower court's ruling and vacated Hurt's murder conviction. He spent 13 years in prison. Hurt, now 35, was convicted of first-degree murder in 1998 and sentenced to life in prison for the 1995 ...
23, Jul 2014 - Ohio, WV Ohio drug dealer who bit WV State Trooper during 2012 traffic stop loses appeal of 35-year prison s
Robin Earl Slater, 52, of Langsville, Ohio, had a felony record, six loaded guns, thousands of dollars in cash and detailed drug ledgers in his possession when he bit a state trooper in the arm during a traffic stop in St. Albans, West Virginia, in 2012.
23, Jul 2014 - Magistrate keeps seat
A three-judge panel appointed by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has denied a petition for the removal of McDowell County Magistrate Steve Cox.
23, Jul 2014 - Greenbrier, WV Bluewell man gets 8 years for child porn
CHARLESTON (NEWS RELEASE) – Johnny Richard Rowe, of Bluewell, Mercer County, West Virginia, was sentenced today to eight years and a month in prison for a federal child pornography offense...
23, Jul 2014 - Ohio, WV Aramark's record in other prison systems
Aramark has contracts with Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Kansas and West Virginia and provided prison food for Florida.
23, Jul 2014 - Task force to review state’s juvenile justice system
A Mercer County circuit court judge is among the officials across West Virginia who will participate in a review of the state’s juvenile justice system and see how it can be improved.
23, Jul 2014 - Two area men plead guilty to federal heroin charges
Beckley, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today that two area men pled guilty to drug charges in federal court in Beckley. Tommy Ray Prater II, 34, of Beaver, pled guilty to traveling in interstate commerce to facilitate unlawful activity. He admitted that on April 9 and 10, 2013, he and another person drove from Shady Spring, West Virginia to Camden, New Jersey, where they ...
23, Jul 2014 - Arbogast pleads guilty to heroin charges
Tiffany Arbogast, 24, of Lewisburg, West Virginia appeared in federal court in Beckley Wednesday to plead guilty to distributing heroin to an informant in December of 2012. Arbogast also admitted that she had distributed between five and ten grams of heroin over a period of time. She faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000 when she is sentenced in October.
22, Jul 2014 - Berkeley, WV Ex-Martinsburg QB says guard assaulted him at jail
The Associated Press MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A former Martinsburg High School quarterback has filed a complaint alleging a correctional officer assaulted him at the Eastern Regional Jail. Justin "Cookie" Clinton, 19, is being held at the jail on breaking and entering, grand larceny and other charges. The West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority is investigating Clinton's ...
22, Jul 2014 - Richardson sworn in as circuit judge
In remarks made immediately after taking the oath of office as a judge of West Virginia’s 11th Judicial Circuit, Robert E. Richardson stood up not just for the bench but for his chosen profession.
22, Jul 2014 - Ex-W.Va. agency worker pleads guilty to fraud
A former case worker for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources is facing up to 30 years in prison and a $500,000 fine after pleading guilty to fraud.
22, Jul 2014 - Beckley, WV $2.9M settlement proposed for chemical spill cases
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- At least $2.9 million could fuel studies in a proposed settlement between West Virginia businesses and residents and the company that contaminated their water supply.The deal between lawyers for Freedom Industries and businesses and people who sued Freedom was filed Friday in Charleston federal court. It needs approval in both U.S. district and bankruptcy court.The ...
22, Jul 2014 - Co. at center of spill in bankruptcy court Tuesday
The company at the center of a chemical spill into West Virginia's largest water supply is back in bankruptcy court Tuesday.
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