© 2021 West Virginia Public Broadcasting
Telling West Virginia's Story
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
WVPB News

State Senate Approves Intermediate Appellate Court, Adopts Resolution to Oversee Judicial Budget

WP2_7732-1.jpg
Will Price
/
West Virginia Legislative Photography
Senate Judiciary Chair Charles Trump (left) speaks with Finance Chair Craig Blair.

The West Virginia Senate passed two measures Thursday dealing with the state's judicial branch. The chamber passed a bill that would create an intermediate appellate court system and also adopted a resolution that would put the judicial branch's budget in the hands of the Legislature.

Senate Bill 341 would create positions for six judges to be split between two districts -- one in the northern part of the state and another in the southern. Judges would be appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate, with terms lasting six years. Each position would have a salary of $130,000 and would become a part of the judicial branch's budget. 

The bill passed on 23-11 vote. The measure now heads to the House of Delegates for consideration. 

Senate Joint Resolution 3 would give the Legislature the authority to reduce items in the budget related to the judiciary. While discussion of the issue has occurred in previous legislative sessions, the passage of the resolution follows reports late last year of spending by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.

The resolution, adopted on a 31-0 vote,  now heads to the House of Delegates where it would need a two-thirds majority to make its way on to the November ballot as a constitutional amendment. 


WVPB is local news, education, music, and entertainment for West Virginia.
Your donation today will help keep us strong and vital.