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The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia (SCAWV) maintains this site for public information purposes; and monitors for security purposes to ensure it remains available to all users and to protect information in the system.  By accessing this website, you are expressly consenting to these monitoring activities. Unauthorized attempts to defeat or circumvent security features, to use the system for other than intended purposes, to deny service to authorized users, to access, obtain, alter, damage, or destroy information, or otherwise to interfere with the system or its operation is prohibited. Evidence of such acts may be disclosed to law enforcement authorities and result in criminal prosecution under applicable criminal laws.

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We collect no personal information about you when you visit this website, unless otherwise stated, unless you choose to provide this information to us. However, we collect and store certain information automatically. What we collect and store automatically is: the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the domain from which you access the Internet (i.e. 123.456.789.012) whether yours individually or provided as a proxy by your Internet Service Provider (ISP) the date and time you access our site, the pages you peruse (recorded by the text and graphics files that compose that page) and, the Internet address of the website from which you linked directly to our site. We use the summary statistics to help us make our site more useful to visitors, such as assessing what information is of most and least interest to visitors, and for other purposes such as determining the site's technical design specifications and identifying system performance or problem areas. This information is NOT shared with anyone beyond the support staff to this website, except when required by law, and is used only as a source of anonymous statistical information.

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You may choose to provide us with personal information, as in an email message containing your comments or questions. We use this information to improve our service to you or to respond to your request. There are times when your message is forwarded, as email, to other Supreme Court or State employees who may be better able to help you. Except as required by law, we do not share our email with any other outside organizations.


  • The "Opinions" referred to within this message and appearing on the this website are also known as "slip opinions" and are not the final, official opinions of the Court. Slip opinions are subject to modification and petitions for rehearing pursuant to Rule 25 of the Revised Rules of Appellate Procedure. Opinions of the Court remain subject to clerical correction until officially published in the bound volumes of the West Virginia Reports (West Publishing Co.). Readers are encouraged to notify the Clerk of Supreme Court, State Capitol, Room E-317, Charleston, WV 25301, of any typographical or other formal errors so that corrections may be made before final publication in the permanent volume.