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Pursuant to Article VIII § 3 of the West Virginia Constitution, the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia "shall have power to promulgate rules for all cases and proceedings, civil and criminal, for all the courts of the State relating to writs, warrants, process, practice and procedure, which shall have the force and effect of law." See also W. Va. Code § 51-1-4. The Court exercises this authority by issuing rules orders at various times throughout the year. Comments from the public, the bench, and the bar are important to the judicial rule making process. This page lists matters that are currently placed for public comment.

How to File Public Comments

Public comments on proposed rules must be in writing and filed with the Clerk of Court on or before the deadline set forth in the order. The Court encourages interest groups to submit joint comments where appropriate. Email comments are not encouraged and receipt of email comments will not be acknowledged.

Current Requests for Public Comment

On June 7, 2024, the Court entered an order requesting public comment on an amendment to Rule 1 of the Rules of Appellate Procedure. The amendment modifies the jurisdiction of the Intermediate Court of Appeals. All comments must be filed in writing with the Clerk of Court through File & ServeXpress in Docket No. 24-319 no later than July 8, 2024.