HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 123
(By Delegates Frich, Manchin, Ellem, Sobonya, Marshall, Barill, Pasdon, Walters, Longstreth, McCuskey, Ambler, Anderson, Armstead, Arvon, Ashley, Azinger, Barrett, Border, Butler, Cadle, Canterbury, Eldridge, Ellington, Espinosa, Evans, D., Folk, Gearheart, Hamilton, Hamrick, Householder, Howell, Kump, Lane, Lawrence, Lynch, Nelson, E., Raines, Romine, Rowan, Shott, Skinner, Smith, R., Storch, Sumner, Wells, Westfall and Williams)
Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to study the feasibility of reapportioning the number of magistrates among our counties to achieve greater efficiencies in the administration of justice.
Whereas, The Legislature recognizes the need of our system for the efficient administration of justice as close to the people as possible; and
Whereas, The Legislature recognizes that our magistrates are the members of our judicial system who are most frequently encountered by the public, and that the magistrates of our state deal with a wide variety of cases and controversies; and
Whereas, The Legislature seeks to address concerns that the numbers of magistrates in some counties are too few to adequately do the amount of work required; and
Whereas, The Legislature believes there is a need to determine whether greater efficiencies to the public in the administration of justice could be achieved if an adequate number of magistrates were available in every county to do the work of administering justice; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance study the feasibility of reapportioning the number of magistrates among our counties to achieve greater efficiencies in the administration of justice; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2014, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations, together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and to draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.