Panel Continues Looking at Reforming WV Judicial System

By: LAWRENCE MESSINA - Associated Press Writer
By: LAWRENCE MESSINA - Associated Press Writer

West Virginia's Independent Commission on Judicial Reform has a little more than six weeks to recommend any changes to the state's court system.

The nine-member panel expects to hold the last of three public meetings Tuesday, as it fulfills the executive order from Gov. Joe Manchin. Its final report is due November 15.

Charleston lawyer Carte Goodwin, the commission's voting chairman, says the sessions so far have yielded a wealth of academic research and information.

Tuesday's meeting will focus on whether the state needs a midlevel appeals court, or one devoted to resolving disputes among businesses.

The thorniest topic of study may prove the one tackled at last week's meeting in Morgantown: whether judges should be appointed instead of elected.

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