WEST virginia legislature
2020 regular session
House Bill 4173
By Delegates Pushkin, Estep-Burton, Zukoff, Walker, Robinson, Kessinger, Steele, Capito, Byrd, Nelson and Rowe
[Introduced January 14, 2020; Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary]
A BILL to amend and reenact §48-27-301 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to directing the Supreme Court of Appeals to create a pilot domestic violence court in Kanawha County.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
ARTICLE 27. PREVENTION AND TREATMENT OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.
Part III. Procedure.
(a) Circuit courts, family courts and magistrate courts have concurrent jurisdiction over domestic violence proceedings as provided in this article.
(b) The Supreme Court of
authorized to shall assign appropriate judicial
officers for five one pilot domestic violence courts in any
jurisdiction chosen by the Supreme Court of Appeals court in Kanawha
County. Judicial officers so assigned have the authority and jurisdiction
to preside over criminal misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence involving
family or household members as defined in §48-27-204 (1) through (6), and §48-27-204
(7)(A), (B), and (H), of this code, relating to offenses under §61-2-9 (b) and
(c), of this code, misdemeanor violations of §61-2-9a of this code, misdemeanor
violations of §61-2-28 of this code, misdemeanor offenses under §61-3-1 et seq. of
this code where the alleged perpetrator
and the victim are said family or household members, §61-7-7 (7) and (8), of
this code and civil and criminal domestic violence protective order proceedings
as provided in this article. The judicial officer chosen for any domestic
violence court may be a current or senior status circuit judge, family court
judge, temporary family court judge or magistrate. The Supreme Court of Appeals
is requested to shall maintain statistical data to determine the
feasibility and effectiveness of any the domestic violence court
established by the provisions of this section. The Supreme Court shall
report to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Delegates
regarding the program’s efficacy prior to the regular sessions of the
Legislature in 2023 and 2024.
(c) The assigned judicial officer in a domestic violence court does not have jurisdiction to preside over any felony crimes unless the assigned judicial officer is a circuit court judge.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to direct the Supreme Court of Appeals to assign appropriate judicial officers for a pilot domestic violence court in Kanawha County.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from a heading or the present law and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.