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
The West Virginia Supreme Court initiated the Court Improvement Program in January 1995, and formed the CIP Oversight Board as the advisory group and task force to implement the program. The Supreme Court and the Oversight Board have continued to obtain federal grant funding and actively participate in the CIP every year since its inception.
Follow this link to the Court Improvement Program Oversight Board website, where there are links to:
- JANIS - The Juvenile Abuse and Neglect Information System, has been developed by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals under the direction of the West Virginia Court Improvement Program (CIP) Oversight Board. The objective of the system is to facilitate and expedite the handling of child abuse and neglect cases by efficiently generating case orders and motions.
- JUDI - Juvenile Delinquent Information System has been developed by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. The principal objective of the system is to facilitate and expedite the drafting of court orders in juvenile delinquency cases, focusing on the vital need to provide the appropriate Title IV-E findings in removal orders.
- The Time is Now - a video for parents in West Virginia child abuse and neglect proceedings.