The regular procedure for the consideration of claims shall be substantially as follows:
(1) The claimant shall give notice to the clerk that he or she desires to maintain a claim. Notice shall be in writing and shall be in sufficient detail to identify the claimant, the circumstances giving rise to the claim, and the state agency concerned, if any. The claimant shall not otherwise be held to any formal requirement of notice.
(2) The clerk shall transmit a copy of the notice to the state agency concerned. The state agency may deny the claim, or may request a postponement of proceedings to permit negotiations with the claimant. If the court finds that a claim is prima facie within its jurisdiction, it shall order the claim to be placed upon its regular docket for hearing.
(3) During the period of negotiations and pending hearing, the state agency, represented by the Attorney General, shall, if possible, reach an agreement with the claimant regarding the facts upon which the claim is based so as to avoid the necessity for the introduction of evidence at the hearing. If the parties are unable to agree upon the facts an attempt shall be made to stipulate the questions of fact in issue.
(4) The court shall so conduct the hearing as to disclose all material facts and issues of liability and may examine or cross-examine witnesses. The court may call witnesses or require evidence not produced by the parties; the court may call expert witnesses and compensate those experts for their services in an amount not to exceed $3,500 per expert; the court may stipulate the questions to be argued by the parties; and the court may continue the hearing until some subsequent time to permit a more complete presentation of the claim.
(5) After the close of the hearing the court shall consider
the claim and shall conclude its determination, if possible, within
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2015 Regular Session
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