WVC 50 - 1 - 1
§50-1-1. Magistrate court created.
There is hereby created in each county of this state a
magistrate court with such numbers of magistrates for each court as
are hereafter provided. There shall be elected by the voters of
each county, at the general election to be held in 1976, and in
every fourth year thereafter, such number of magistrates as is
provided in section two of this article. The filing fee for the
office of magistrate shall be one percent of the annual salary.
The term of magistrates shall be for four years and shall begin on
January 1, of the year following the year of election.
Effective with the primary election of 2016, all elections for
magistrates will be on a nonpartisan basis by division. Beginning
in 2016, there will no longer be primary elections held for
magistrates and all elections for magistrates are to be held in the
nonpartisan judicial election as set forth in article five, chapter
three of this code. All indications of party identification on
election ballots for magistrate shall be omitted.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2015 Regular Session
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