West Virginia Judiciary

Intermediate Court of Appeals

About the Court

Intermediate Court Seal

The Intermediate Court of Appeals of West Virginia was signed into law on April 9, 2021, and officially opened on July 1, 2022.

Pursuant to Chapter 51, Article 11, Section 4 of the West Virginia Code, the ICA’s jurisdiction includes appeals of final orders or judgments in the following areas:

The first three judges to serve on the Intermediate Court of Appeals were appointed by the Governor: Judge Daniel W. Greear, Judge Thomas E. Scarr, and Judge Charles O. Lorensen. The three judges are elected in nonpartisan elections to ten-year terms. Judges must have practiced law for at least ten years. The Chief Judge is chosen by members of the Court and serves a one-year term. Chief Judge Daniel W. Greear is the first to serve as Chief Judge of the Intermediate Court of Appeals.

Oral arguments before the ICA are granted at the judges’ discretion, although a written decision on the merits will be issued in each appeal that is properly filed and within the jurisdiction of the Court. If granted, oral argument will be available in person at the Court’s primary location in Charleston, or virtually via the five following satellite courtroom locations:

All ICA opinions, orders, or decisions are binding precedent for the decisions of all circuit courts, family courts, magistrate courts, and state administrative agencies unless overruled or modified by the Supreme Court of Appeals.