West Virginia Judiciary

Judicial Projects


Court Improvement Program

The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia established the West Virginia Court Improvement Program Oversight Board in 1995, which took over the Broadwater Committee’s work to improve outcomes for children and families in child abuse and neglect cases. The Court established the Broadwater Committee in the mid-1990s during Chief Justice Margaret Workman’s previous tenure on the Supreme Court, which was from 1988 to 1999.

The Court Improvement Program Board was created as a result of the federal Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993. That act designated federal funding beginning in fiscal year 1995 for grants to state court systems to conduct assessments of their foster case laws and judicial processes and to develop and implement a plan for system improvement. The Board is the advisory group and task force to implement the program in West Virginia, and it continues to obtain federal grant funding every year.

Court Improvement Program Oversight Board member list

Seven subcommittees assist the Oversight Board:

The Court Improvement Program in West Virginia currently receives three federal grants, which are matched with state funds, known as the “Basic," “Training," and “Data Collection” grants.

Past and present projects funded by the three Court Improvement Program (CIP) grants include

For more information about the Court Improvement Program, contact

Nikki Tennis
Director, Division of Children's Services
Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
Administrative Office
Capitol Building 1, Room E-100
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 558-0145 (main) or 340-2304 (direct)
Fax: (304) 558-0775
Email: Nikki.Tennis@courtswv.gov