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CHAPTER 39. RECORDS AND PAPERS.
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ARTICLE 2. GENERAL INDEX AND PRESERVATION OF RECORDS.
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§39-2-1. Preparation of general index.
The county court of any county may order the clerk of such
court to provide a general index for the deed books, trust deed
books, judgment lien dockets, marriage records, release deed
books, or other record books, or any of them, in such clerk's
office; and may order the clerk of the circuit court, or the
clerk of any other court of record, of such county to provide a
general index for the law and chancery order books, or other
record books, or any of them, in his office; or may let to the
lowest bidder a contract to provide any such general index or
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§39-2-2. Contents of general indexes.
In the appropriate general index in the office of the clerk
of the county court, to the extent that the same has been or
shall be provided, shall be indexed the names of all grantors and
grantees of deeds, trust deeds, release deeds, contracts, leases,
or other writings; the names of the parties to marriage records;
and the names of all persons for or against whom judgments or
decrees are rendered. Where a deed has been executed by a
trustee, a special commissioner or other officer, it shall be
indexed in the name of the former owner of the property conveyed,
as well as in the name of the person executing such deed. In the
general index in the office of the clerk of the circuit court, or
other court of record, to the extent that such index has been or
shall be provided, shall be indexed the names of all plaintiffs
and defendants, versus and adversus, for or against whom
judgments or decrees have been rendered, at law or in chancery.
In addition to the foregoing requirements, any clerk may include,
or direct to be included, in any general index, such data as he
shall deem proper. It shall be the duty of every clerk for whose
office a general index has been provided, to make all proper
entries in each general index in his office within a reasonable
time after making the recordation to which the index entry
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§39-2-3. Records of county courts and other courts -- Binding or
The county court of any county may order any of the books
and records in its clerk's office and either the county court or
the circuit court, or any other court of record, may order any of
its own books or records, to be bound or transcribed, and shall
make a reasonable allowance therefor, which shall be paid out of
the county treasury.
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§39-2-4. Records of county courts and other courts -- Binding or
transcribing -- Prerequisites; effect.
No such allowance shall be made for any transcript until
commissioners appointed for the purpose by the court ordering the
transcript to be made shall have examined it and written at the
foot thereof a certificate of its correctness. Thenceforth the
same faith and credit shall be given to it that the book or
record transcribed would have been entitled to.
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§39-2-5. Records of county courts and other courts -- Binding or
transcribing -- Removal from county.
Any court authorized by section three of this article to
have any books or records rebound may have the same taken out of
the county for such purpose.
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§39-2-6. Records of county commissions, correction recordation.
Every clerk of a county commission shall establish a system
which will permanently record any corrections made to any index
under his or her care, custody and control. Such recordation of
correction shall include the date such correction was made.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2012 1st Special Session