WEST virginia Legislature
2016 regular session
Senate Bill 581
By Senators Maynard, Ashley, Laird, Kessler, Palumbo, Woelfel, Romano and Stollings
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 eliminating the sunset provision terminating the pilot domestic violence court program; and continuing and expanding the domestic violence court initiative designed to prevent domestic violence.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §48-27-301 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 27. PREVENTION AND TREATMENT OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.
PART 3. 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
Appeals is authorized to assign an appropriate judicial officer for
pilot five domestic violence court courts in any
jurisdiction chosen by the Supreme Court of Appeals. The judicial officer
assigned has the authority and jurisdiction to preside over criminal
misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence involving family or household members
as defined in subdivisions one through six and paragraphs (A), (B) and (H),
subdivision seven, section two hundred four of this article, relating to
offenses under subsections (b) and (c), section nine, article two, chapter
sixty-one of this code, misdemeanor violations of section nine-a, article two,
chapter sixty-one of this code, misdemeanor violations of section twenty-eight,
article two, chapter sixty-one of this code, misdemeanor offenses under article
three, chapter sixty-one of this code, where the alleged perpetrator and the
victim are said family or household members, subdivisions seven and eight,
section seven, article seven, chapter sixty-one of this code and civil and
criminal domestic violence protective order proceedings as provided in this
article. The judicial officer chosen for any pilot 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 maintain statistical data to determine the feasibility and
effectiveness of any pilot domestic violence court courts established
by the provisions of this section. The program shall terminate December 31,
2016, and the Supreme Court is requested to provide a 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 2015 and 2016
(c) The assigned judicial
officers in this pilot a domestic violence court, does not
have jurisdiction to preside over any felony crimes.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to eliminate the sunset provisions and continue and expand the domestic violence court initiative.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from a heading or the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.