§50-2-3. Criminal jurisdiction; limitations on bail.
In addition to jurisdiction granted elsewhere to magistrate
courts, magistrate courts shall have jurisdiction of all
misdemeanor offenses committed in the county and to conduct
preliminary examinations on warrants charging felonies committed
within the county and, upon order of referral from the circuit
courts, to conduct preliminary examinations on probation
violations, which examinations shall be conducted without delay and
in all events not later than thirty days from the date any
probation violation petition or motion has been filed in circuit
court. A magistrate shall have the authority to issue arrest
warrants in all criminal matters, to issue warrants for search and
seizure and, except in cases involving capital offenses, to set and
admit to bail: Provided,
That in cases punishable only by the fine
such bail or recognizance shall not exceed the maximum amount of
the fine and applicable court costs permitted or authorized by
statute to be imposed in the event of conviction.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2014 1st Special Session
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