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§38-5B-9. Payments in satisfaction of execution; liability of officer for payment or failure to pay; action against political subdivision failing to pay; declaratory judgment as to right against state.

It shall be the duty of the proper officer, after service of an execution under this article, bearing the notation required by section four of this article if directed against salary or wages, to pay to the judgment creditor such sums as may be or shall thereafter become due to the judgment debtor from the suggestee, or the amount thereof prescribed in section three of this article in the case of salary or wages, during the life of the execution until it shall be wholly satisfied. The proper officer or suggestee upon whom the execution or any renewal execution is served shall once every ninety days during the life of such execution and any renewal execution pay over as aforesaid the full amount of money payable, held or retained pursuant to such execution or renewal execution during the preceding ninety days.

A public officer who shall either pay over or fail or refuse to pay over, in satisfaction of such execution, money due the judgment debtor shall be personally liable therefor only if he or she shall have acted in bad faith, even though such payment or failure or refusal to pay shall have been in violation of the rights of one or more parties in interest.

If a political subdivision be the suggestee and shall fail or refuse to pay over to the judgment creditor the amount due the judgment debtor or the required percentage thereof in the case of salary or wages, it shall be liable to an action therefor by the judgment creditor named in the execution and the amount recovered in the action shall be applied toward the payment of the execution.

No judgment may be recovered against the state as suggestee but a judgment creditor may bring an action against the proper officer for a declaratory judgment establishing his or her right to have sums due or to become due to his or her judgment debtor or from the state or a state agency applied in satisfaction of a suggestee execution issued on his or her judgment pursuant to this article. Such an action may be brought against the State Auditor only in the circuit court of Kanawha County. Costs shall be in the discretion of the court.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2017 Regular Session
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