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State House endorse study of Supreme Court rules

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia's House of Delegates wants to study whether the Supreme Court's revised process for civil appeals provides a full and fair review.

The resolution adopted Monday on a voice vote would assess appeals rules rewritten in late 2010.

The Supreme Court is West Virginia's sole appeals venue. Outside observers had previously found its process was discretionary. Critics have sought to guarantee mandatory appeals for civil cases.

House Minority Leader Tim Armstead unsuccessfully sought to amend the resolution. The Kanawha County Republican said it mischaracterizes views of West Virginia's legal climate.

GOP delegates argue the rules don't go far enough. Though several Republican House members co-sponsored Monday's study resolution, they also support the creation of a new appeals court.

The resolution heads to the Senate.

 


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