Gov. Jim Justice’s Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission has forwarded the names of 8 candidates to the Governor for possible appointment to the state’s new Intermediate Court of Appeals. The commission interviewed 23 candidates and submitted eight names to the Governor for consideration. Three positions will be filled by the Governor – one each for a 2.5 year term, a 4.5 year term and a 6.5 year term. Elections will be held on a staggered basis when the initial terms are completed.
Senate Bill 275, passed by the West Virginia Legislature during the 2021 session, created a three-judge intermediate appeals court between the circuit courts and the Supreme Court. The new court will begin July 1, 2022.
The new court will hear noncriminal appeals of circuit court cases, family court cases and guardianships and conservatorships, appeals of administrative law judge decisions and final orders and decisions by the state Health Care Authority.
The intermediate court also replaces the Workers’ Compensation Office of Administrative Judges with a Workers’ Compensation Board of Review, from where decisions can be appealed to the intermediate court.