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Speaker of the House of Delegates, Richard Thompson

Release Date: 02/15/2012

Speaker Thompson Encouraged by Proposed Business Court Rules

CHARLESTON – House Speaker Rick Thompson said he is pleased to see that the state Supreme Court is seeking public comment on proposed rules for a statewide Business Court in West Virginia.

“These rules would provide a foundation for a Commercial Litigation Court to facilitate ‘the just and efficient litigation between commercial entities,’” Speaker Thompson said.

“I first proposed the Business Court concept because I strongly believe that a court system within our circuit courts to handle the sometimes complex issues unique to the business community would make our courts more efficient, the results more predictable and timely, and send the message to companies considering doing business in our state that this is a welcoming environment.

“I am encouraged by this step forward.”

The Speaker first proposed consideration of a business court within West Virginia's judicial system in 2008. In 2010, the Legislature adopted House Bill 4352, which allows the state Supreme Court to establish a business court docket within the existing circuit court system, much like the court establishes separate docket systems for the management of criminal cases, civil cases, juvenile cases, abuse and neglect cases, and other specialized dockets.

In June 2010, the state Supreme Court appointed the Business Court Study Committee, which has recently developed proposed rules, available on the Supreme Court website at

“I greatly appreciate the hard work by the Study Committee and look forward to reviewing the proposed rules and the public comments,” Thompson said.

If you would like more information regarding these issues, please contact my office:

Speaker Richard Thompson
Room 228-M, Building 1
Capitol Complex
Charleston, WV 25305

Phone: (304) 340-3210

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