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Use the information provided below to conduct West Virginia public record search of criminal background and official document searches. Search court records for divorces, lawsuits and all case filings. Obtain death records, birth records, marriage search. Use the state's data and look up bankruptcy records, property value and fictitious business names filings from the state West Virginia agency websites. Access local and state departments by subject, divisions or subject in a directory of links.

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The state of West Virginia is governed by numerous state agencies, most of which are located in its capital city of Charleston. The legislative branch is comprised of the senate with members elected to 4 year terms and 2 year terms for the 100 house delegates in 67 separate districts. The state’s legislature provides annual reports, performance evaluations and audits of its state agencies. Two senators and three representatives are the state’s nationally elected officials.

Governor, Secretary of State, Auditor, Treasurer, Commissioner of Agriculture and Attorney General are members of the executive branch. Known as the first branch, it executes laws passed by the state’s legislatures. West Virginia’s Judicial branch contain 31 Circuits, with only one Appellate court and the Supreme court.

Statewide agencies can help individuals conduct searches from the State Police criminal records division, official vital certificates from the Department of Health and Human Resources and the Secretary of State for business entity searches and registrations, document validation database, UCC filings, service of process search and bulk data. Conduct a search independently with an index showing public sources of information.

Court Records Information

West Virginia municipal courts have jurisdiction to hear cases that involve traffic, miscellaneous minor violations, exclusive jurisdiction for parking violations and ordinance violations.

Circuit courts have jurisdiction over torts, contracts, and real property rights from $300 and up, exclusive mental health, estate, and civil appeals jurisdiction, domestic relations matters, misdemeanors, and traffic matters. Circuit criminal courts have exclusive felony, and criminal appeals jurisdiction, and exclusive juvenile jurisdiction. Jury trials are available in these courts.

Magistrate courts have jurisdiction to hear torts, contracts, real property rights from $0 to $5,000, misdemeanors, DWI or DUI, domestic, violence matters, traffic violations and courts hold venue to preliminary hearings. Jury trials are available in magistrate courts.

Family courts are made up of 26 circuits, 35 judges, and hear domestic relations matters, including domestic violence with available jury trials.

The supreme court is the highest court in the state and has no mandatory jurisdiction. All cases are heard by discretion of the court. Discretionary jurisdiction in civil, non-capital criminal, administrative agency, juvenile,disciplinary, certified questions from federal courts, original proceeding, and interlocutory decision cases.

 

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