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West Virginia Legal Research on the Internet

This guide will identify where to find West Virginia legal resources on the Internet and provide guidelines on how to determine when an Internet resource can substitute for a print or commercial online source.

STATUTES

West Virginia Legislature

Includes links to Senate, House, Joint Committees, legislation, and member information. Also includes a bill tracking option.

West Virginia Code

Accessible through the West Virginia Legislature web page. Click on the West Virginia Code button in the web page header and you should be directed to the West Virginia Code page. The online version is not always as current as the print version, so be sure to refer to the UPDATE NOTE at the bottom of the page to see the currency of the information on this site.

Chart of West Virginia Statute Options (PDF) – UPDATE IN PROCESS

This chart lists the West Virginia statutory sources and provides information on each source (coverage, update schedule, annotations, etc.).

  • The Internet is not necessarily the best place for West Virginia statutes, if you have access to other sources.

ADMINISTRATIVE RULES

West Virginia Code of State Rules

The West Virginia Secretary of State web site provides free access to the Code of State Rules (CSR). Access to the West Virginia Register is also available on this site.

From the Secretary of State’s Administrative Law home page, hover the mouse over the link to the STATE REGISTER (from the grey navigation bar), then select RECENT ISSUES ONLINE. These are posted weekly on Friday. There is also a link to the CURRENT ISSUE and a link to HISTORICAL ISSUES.

Chart of West Virginia Administrative Rules Options (PDF) – UPDATE IN PROCESS

This chart lists the West Virginia administrative rules sources and provides information on each source (coverage, update schedule, annotations, etc.).

  • The Internet may be the best place to find West Virginia Code of State Rules.

CASE LAW

West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals

Includes Opinions (1991 – present), Calendar & Docket, Rules & Forms, Justices & Staff, West Virginia Court System information, Public Information & Press Releases, and links to the Boards of Law Examiners, Judicial Investigation Committee, and the Law Library.

  • The schedule for release of slip opinions is each weekday at 10:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M.
  • The opinions are organized by date, case number, and case name.
  • This is a good place to start if you know the date and at least one party name.
  • Dissenting and concurring opinions are included, but may be posted several months after the majority opinion.
  • Dissenting and concurring opinions are labeled “Dis” or “Con.”

Chart of West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Options (PDF) – UPDATE IN PROCESS

This chart lists the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals sources and provides information on each source (coverage, update schedule, annotations, etc.).

  • West Virginia has only two court levels; the trial courts (unpublished decisions) and the Supreme Court of Appeals (published decisions).

MISCELLANEOUS

West Virginia Court Rules

Maintained by the West Virginia Supreme Court, this page offers links to the Rules of Appellate Procedure, West Virginia Trial Court Rules, Rules of Practice and Procedure for Family Law, Rules for Professional Conduct, and more.

West Virginia Court Information

Provided by the West Virginia State Bar, this page offers information on County Magistrate Courts, Circuit Courts, the Supreme Court of Appeals, and West Virginia federal courts.

West Virginia Newspapers

Select West Virginia to access links to newspapers available on the Internet.

Many West Virginia newspapers post obituaries and classifieds online â?? sections that are not available on LexisNexis or Westlaw. If you are looking for information and articles from a date prior to today, look for an archive section.

NOTE: Not all newspapers provide an archive section. Many newspapers provide a selection of stories form todayâ??s print version of the newspaper only, and some newspapers limit the information they provide without a paid subscription.


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