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WVC 50- CHAPTER 50. MAGISTRATE COURTS.
WVC -3- ARTICLE 3. COSTS, FINES AND RECORDS.

WVC 50 - 3 - 1 §50-3-1. Costs in civil actions.
The following costs shall be charged in magistrate courts in civil actions and shall be collected in advance:

(a) For filing and trying any civil action and for all services connected therewith, but excluding services regarding enforcement of judgment, the following amounts dependent upon the amount of damages sought in the complaint:

Where the action is for five hundred dollars

or less$30.00

Where the action is for more than five hundred

dollars but not more than one thousand dollars $35.00

Where the action is for more than one thousand

dollars but not more than two thousand dollars$40.00

Where the action is for more than two thousand

dollars$50.00

Where the action seeks relief other than money

damage$30.00

Five dollars from each of the filing fees listed above shall be deposited in the Court Security Fund created by the provisions of section fourteen, article three, chapter fifty-one of this code.

Five dollars from each of the filing fees listed above shall be deposited in the Courthouse Facilities Improvement Fund created by section six, article twenty-six, chapter twenty-nine of this code.

(b) For each service regarding enforcement of

a judgment including execution, suggestion,

garnishment and suggestee execution$5.00

(c) For each bond filed in a case$1.00

(d) For taking deposition of witness

for each hour or portion thereof$1.00

(e) For taking and certifying acknowledgment

of a deed or other writing or taking oath

upon an affidavit$ .50

(f) For mailing any matter required or

provided by law to be mailed by certified or

registered mail with return receipt$1.00

(g) For filing and trying any civil action$20.00

Costs incurred in a civil action shall be reflected in any judgment rendered thereon. The provisions of section one, article two, chapter fifty-nine of this code, relating to the payment of costs by poor persons, shall be applicable to all costs in civil actions.

WVC 50 - 3 - 1 A §50-3-1a. Costs assessed against losing party.

Except as otherwise provided by law, costs shall be assessed against the losing party or parties.

WVC 50 - 3 - 2 §50-3-2. Costs in criminal proceedings.
(a) In each criminal case before a magistrate court in which the defendant is convicted, whether by plea or at trial, there is imposed, in addition to other costs, fines, forfeitures or penalties as may be allowed by law: (1) Costs in the amount of sixty dollars, of which five dollars of that amount shall be deposited in the Courthouse Facilities Improvement Fund created by section six, article twenty-six, chapter twenty-nine of this code; (2) an amount equal to the one-day per diem provided for in subsection (h), section ten, article twenty, chapter thirty-one of this code; and (3) costs in the amount of thirty dollars to be deposited in the Regional Jail Operations Partial Reimbursement Fund created by section ten-b of said article. A magistrate may not collect costs in advance. Notwithstanding any other provision of this code, a person liable for fines and court costs in a criminal proceeding in which the defendant is confined in a jail or prison and not participating in a work release program shall not be held liable for the fines and court costs until one hundred eighty days after completion of the term in jail or prison. A magistrate court shall deposit five dollars from each of the criminal proceedings fees collected pursuant to this section in the Court Security Fund created in section fourteen, article three, chapter fifty-one of this code. A magistrate court shall, on or before the tenth day of the month following the month in which the fees imposed in this section were collected, remit an amount equal to the one-day per diem provided for in subsection (h), section ten, article twenty, chapter thirty-one of this code from each of the criminal proceedings in which the fees specified in this section were collected to the magistrate court clerk, or if there is no magistrate court clerk to the clerk of the circuit, together with information as may be required by the rules of the Supreme Court of Appeals and the rules of the Office of Chief Inspector. These moneys are paid to the sheriff who shall distribute the moneys solely in accordance with the provisions of section fifteen, article five, chapter seven of this code. Amendments made to this section during the regular session of the Legislature, two thousand one, are effective after the thirtieth day of June, two thousand one.

(b) A magistrate shall assess costs in the amount of two dollars and fifty cents for issuing a sheep warrant and the appointment and swearing appraisers and docketing the proceedings.

(c) In each criminal case which must be tried by the circuit court but in which a magistrate renders some service, costs in the amount of ten dollars shall be imposed by the magistrate court and is certified to the clerk of the circuit court in accordance with the provisions of section six, article five, chapter sixty-two of this code.

WVC 50 - 3 - 2 A §50-3-2a. Payment by credit card or payment plan; suspension of licenses for failure to make payments or appear or respond; restitution; liens.

     (a) A magistrate court may accept credit cards in payment of all costs, fines, fees, forfeitures, restitution or penalties in accordance with rules promulgated by the Supreme Court of Appeals. Any charges made by the credit company shall be paid by the person responsible for paying the cost, fine, forfeiture or penalty.

     (b) Unless otherwise required by law, a magistrate court may collect a portion of any costs, fines, fees, forfeitures, restitution or penalties at the time the amount is imposed by the court so long as the court requires the balance to be paid in accordance with a payment plan which specifies: (1) The number of payments to be made; (2) the dates on which the payments are due; and (3) the amounts due for each payment. The written agreement represents the minimum payments and the last date those payments may be made. The obligor or the obligor's agent may accelerate the payment schedule at any time by paying any additional portion of any costs, fines, fees, forfeitures, restitution or penalties.

     (c) (1) If any costs, fines, fees, forfeitures, restitution or penalties imposed by the magistrate court in a criminal case are not paid within one hundred eighty days from the date of judgment and the expiration of any stay of execution, the magistrate court clerk or, upon judgment rendered on appeal, the circuit clerk shall notify the Commissioner of the Division of Motor Vehicles of the failure to pay: Provided, That in a criminal case in which a nonresident of this state is convicted of a motor vehicle violation defined in section three-a, article three, chapter seventeen-b of this code, the appropriate clerk shall notify the Division of Motor Vehicles of the failure to pay within eighty days from the date of judgment and expiration of any stay of execution. Upon notice, the Division of Motor Vehicles shall suspend any privilege the person defaulting on payment may have to operate a motor vehicle in this state, including any driver's license issued to the person by the Division of Motor Vehicles, until all costs, fines, fees, forfeitures, restitution or penalties are paid in full. The suspension shall be imposed in accordance with the provisions of section six, article three, chapter seventeen-b of this code: Provided, That any person who has had his or her license to operate a motor vehicle in this state suspended pursuant to this subsection and his or her failure to pay is based upon inability to pay, may, if he or she is employed on a full- or part-time basis, petition to the circuit court for an order authorizing him or her to operate a motor vehicle solely for employment purposes. Upon a showing satisfactory to the court of inability to pay, employment and compliance with other applicable motor vehicle laws, the court shall issue an order granting relief.

     (2) In addition to the provisions of subdivision (1) of this subsection, if any costs, fines, fees, forfeitures, restitution or penalties imposed or ordered by the magistrate court for a hunting violation described in chapter twenty of this code are not paid within one hundred eighty days from the date of judgment and the expiration of any stay of execution, the magistrate court clerk or, upon a judgment rendered on appeal, the circuit clerk shall notify the Director of the Division of Natural Resources of the failure to pay. Upon notice, the Director of the Division of Natural Resources shall suspend any privilege the person failing to appear or otherwise respond may have to hunt in this state, including any hunting license issued to the person by the Division of Natural Resources, until all the costs, fines, fees, forfeitures, restitution or penalties are paid in full.

     (3) In addition to the provisions of subdivision (1) of this subsection, if any costs, fines, fees, forfeitures, restitution or penalties imposed or ordered by the magistrate court for a fishing violation described in chapter twenty of this code are not paid within one hundred eighty days from the date of judgment and the expiration of any stay of execution, the magistrate court clerk or, upon a judgment rendered on appeal, the circuit clerk shall notify the Director of the Division of Natural Resources of the failure to pay. Upon notice, the Director of the Division of Natural Resources shall suspend any privilege the person failing to appear or otherwise respond may have to fish in this state, including any fishing license issued to the person by the Division of Natural Resources, until all the costs, fines, fees, forfeitures, restitution or penalties are paid in full.

     (d) (1) If a person charged with any criminal violation of this code fails to appear or otherwise respond in court, the magistrate court shall notify the Commissioner of the Division of Motor Vehicles thereof within ninety days of the scheduled date to appear unless the person sooner appears or otherwise responds in court to the satisfaction of the magistrate. Upon notice, the Division of Motor Vehicles shall suspend any privilege the person failing to appear or otherwise respond may have to operate a motor vehicle in this state, including any driver's license issued to the person by the Division of Motor Vehicles, until final judgment in the case and, if a judgment of guilty, until all costs, fines, fees, forfeitures, restitution or penalties imposed are paid in full. The suspension shall be imposed in accordance with the provisions of section six, article three, chapter seventeen-b of this code.

     (2) In addition to the provisions of subdivision (1) of this subsection, if a person charged with any hunting violation described in chapter twenty of this code fails to appear or otherwise respond in court, the magistrate court shall notify the Director of the Division of Natural Resources of the failure thereof within fifteen days of the scheduled date to appear unless the person sooner appears or otherwise responds in court to the satisfaction of the magistrate. Upon notice, the Director of the Division of Natural Resources shall suspend any privilege the person failing to appear or otherwise respond may have to hunt in this state, including any hunting license issued to the person by the Division of Natural Resources, until final judgment in the case and, if a judgment of guilty, until all costs, fines, fees, forfeitures, restitution or penalties imposed are paid in full.

     (3) In addition to the provisions of subdivision (1) of this subsection, if a person charged with any fishing violation described in chapter twenty of this code fails to appear or otherwise respond in court, the magistrate court shall notify the Director of the Division of Natural Resources of the failure thereof within fifteen days of the scheduled date to appear unless the person sooner appears or otherwise responds in court to the satisfaction of the magistrate. Upon notice, the Director of the Division of Natural Resources shall suspend any privilege the person failing to appear or otherwise respond may have to fish in this state, including any fishing license issued to the person by the Division of Natural Resources, until final judgment in the case and, if a judgment of guilty, until all costs, fines, fees, forfeitures, restitution or penalties imposed are paid in full.

     (e) In every criminal case which involves a misdemeanor violation, a magistrate may order restitution where appropriate when rendering judgment.

     (f) (1) If all costs, fines, fees, forfeitures, restitution or penalties imposed by a magistrate court and ordered to be paid are not paid within one hundred eighty days from the date of judgment and the expiration of any stay of execution, the clerk of the magistrate court shall notify the prosecuting attorney of the county of nonpayment and provide the prosecuting attorney with an abstract of judgment. The prosecuting attorney shall file the abstract of judgment in the office of the clerk of the county commission in the county where the defendant was convicted and in any county wherein the defendant resides or owns property. The clerks of the county commissions shall record and index the abstracts of judgment without charge or fee to the prosecuting attorney and when so recorded, the amount stated to be owing in the abstract shall constitute a lien against all property of the defendant.

     (2) When all the costs, fines, fees, forfeitures, restitution or penalties described in subdivision (1) of this subsection for which an abstract of judgment has been recorded are paid in full, the clerk of the magistrate court shall notify the prosecuting attorney of the county of payment and provide the prosecuting attorney with a release of judgment, prepared in accordance with the provisions of section one, article twelve, chapter thirty-eight of this code, for filing and recordation pursuant to the provisions of this subdivision. Upon receipt from the clerk, the prosecuting attorney shall file the release of judgment in the office of the clerk of the county commission in each county where an abstract of the judgment was recorded. The clerks of the county commissions shall record and index the release of judgment without charge or fee to the prosecuting attorney.

     (g) Notwithstanding any provision of this code to the contrary, except as authorized by this section, payments of all costs, fines, fees, forfeitures, restitution or penalties imposed by the magistrate court in civil or criminal matters shall be made in full. Partial payments of costs, fines, fees, forfeitures, restitution or penalties made pursuant to this section shall be credited to amounts due in the following order:

     (1) Regional Jail Fund;

     (2) Worthless Check Payee;

     (3) Restitution;

     (4) Magistrate Court Fund;

     (5) Worthless Check Fund;

     (6) Per Diem Regional Jail Fee;

     (7) Community Corrections Fund;

     (8) Regional Jail Operational Fund;

     (9) Law Enforcement Training Fund;

     (10) Crime Victims Compensation Fund;

     (11) Court Security Fund;

     (12) Courthouse Improvement Fund;

     (13) Litter Control Fund;

     (14) Sheriff arrest fee;

     (15) Teen Court Fund;

     (16) Other costs, if any;

     (17) Fine. WVC 50 - 3 - 2 B §50-3-2b. Additional costs in certain criminal proceedings.
In each criminal case before a magistrate court in which the defendant is convicted, whether by plea or at trial, under the provisions of section two, article five, chapter seventeen-c of this code or section eighteen-b, article seven, chapter twenty of this code, there shall be imposed, in addition to other costs, fines, forfeitures or penalties as may be allowed by law, costs in the amount of fifty-five dollars. A magistrate court shall, on or before the tenth day of the month following the month in which the costs imposed in this section were collected, remit an amount equal to the amount from each of the criminal proceedings in which the costs specified in this section were collected to the magistrate court clerk or, if there is no magistrate court clerk, to the clerk of the circuit, together with information as may be required by the rules of the supreme court of appeals and the rules of the office of chief inspector. At the end of each month, for purposes of further defraying the cost to the county of enforcing the provisions of section two, article five, chapter seventeen-c of this code or section eighteen-b, article seven, chapter twenty of this code and related provisions, these moneys shall be paid to the sheriff of the county and deposited in the general revenue fund of the county. The provisions of this section shall be effective after the thirtieth day of June, two thousand four.

WVC 50 - 3 - 2 C 3§50-3-2c. Withholding from personal income tax refunds for unpaid fines and costs in magistrate criminal actions, in magistrate criminal appeals to circuit court and for failure to appear in court.

     (a) If costs, fines, fees, forfeitures, restitution or penalties imposed by the magistrate court upon conviction of a person for a criminal offense as defined by this code, imposed by the circuit court upon judgment on an appeal to circuit court of that conviction, or imposed by either court for failure to appear are not paid in full within one year of the judgment, the magistrate court clerk or, upon a judgment rendered on appeal, the circuit clerk shall notify the Tax Commissioner that the defendant has failed to pay the costs, fines, forfeitures or penalties assessed by the court. The notice provided by the magistrate clerk or the circuit clerk to the Tax Commissioner must include the defendant's Social Security number. The Tax Commissioner, or his or her designee, shall withhold from any personal income tax refund due and owing to a defendant the costs, fines, fees, forfeitures, restitution or penalties due, the Tax Commissioner's administration fee for the withholding and any and all fees or other amounts that the magistrate court and the circuit court would have collected had the defendant appeared: Provided, That no withholding shall be made under this section if there is an unsatisfied withholding request made pursuant to section two-b, article ten, chapter eight of this code. The Tax Commissioner's administration fee shall not exceed $25, unless this maximum amount is increased by legislative rule promulgated in accordance with article three, chapter twenty- nine-a of this code. The administrative fees deducted shall be deposited in the special revolving fund hereby created in the State Treasury, which shall be designated as the Magistrate Fines and Fees Collection Fund, and the Tax Commissioner shall make such expenditures from the fund as he or she deems appropriate for the administration of this subsection.

     (b) (1) After deduction of the Tax Commissioner's administration fee, the Tax Commissioner shall remit all remaining amounts withheld pursuant to this section to the clerk of the court that notified the Tax Commissioner of the failure to pay under subsection (a) of this section.

     (2) From the amounts received from the Tax Commissioner, the circuit clerk shall distribute the portion thereof that is attributable to costs, fines, fees, forfeitures, restitution or penalties owed to magistrate court to the magistrate clerk and distribute the remainder that is attributable to costs, fines, fees, forfeitures, restitution or penalties owed to circuit court to the appropriate fund or payee, as applicable and listed in section twenty-eight-a, article one, chapter fifty-nine of this code and as otherwise required by law.

     (3) From the amounts received from the Tax Commissioner, or from the circuit clerk under subdivision (2) of this subsection, the magistrate clerk shall distribute applicable costs, fines, fees, forfeitures, restitution or penalties owed to the appropriate fund or payee, as applicable and listed in subsection (g), section two-a of this article and as otherwise required by law.

     (4) After the costs, fines, fees, forfeitures, restitution or penalties are withheld, the Tax Commissioner shall refund any remaining balance due the defendant.

     (5) If the refund is not sufficient to cover all the costs, fines, fees, forfeitures, restitution or penalties to be withheld pursuant to this section, the Tax Commissioner's administration fee shall be retained by the Tax Commissioner and the remaining money withheld shall be remitted by the Tax Commissioner to the appropriate clerk. The clerk shall then allocate the money so remitted on a pro rata basis as provided in the applicable provisions of subdivisions (2) or (3) of this subsection.

     (c) In the event the costs, fines, fees, forfeitures, restitution or penalties exceed the defendant's income tax refund, the Tax Commissioner shall withhold the remaining balance in subsequent years until such time as the costs, fines, fees, forfeitures, restitution or penalties owed are paid in full. The Tax Commissioner shall remit the moneys that he or she collects to the appropriate clerk no later than July 1 of each year. If the circuit court or the magistrate court subsequently determines that any costs, fines, fees, forfeitures, restitution or penalties were erroneously imposed, the clerk of the court shall promptly notify the Tax Commissioner. If the amounts due are paid in full to the court from a source other than the Tax Commissioner after the clerk of the court has provided notice of the failure to pay to the tax commissioner, the clerk of the court shall promptly notify the Tax Commissioner of the payment. If the refunds have not been withheld and remitted, the Tax Commissioner may not withhold and remit payment to the appropriate court and shall so inform the clerk of the court. If the refunds have already been withheld and remitted to the court, the Tax Commissioner shall so inform the clerk of the court. In either event, all refunds for erroneously imposed costs, fines, forfeitures or penalties shall be made by the appropriate court and not by the Tax Commissioner.

     (d) Rules. -- The Tax Commissioner may propose for legislative approval such rules as may be useful or necessary to carry out the purpose of this section and to implement the intent of the Legislature. Rules shall be promulgated in accordance with article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code. WVC 50-3-3 §50-3-3. Disposition of fines, forfeitures and penalties.
All fines, forfeitures and penalties collected in magistrate courts in a criminal proceeding shall be submitted on or before the tenth day of the month following the month of their collection to the magistrate court clerk or, if there is no magistrate court clerk, to the clerk of the circuit court together with such information as may be required by the rules of the supreme court and by the rules of the chief inspector of public offices. Such moneys shall thereupon be paid to the sheriff subject to, and to be distributed in accordance with the provisions of section fifteen, article five, chapter seven of this code.

WVC 50 - 3 - 4 §50-3-4. Disposition of costs; magistrate court fund.
(a) All costs collected in magistrate courts in a civil proceeding pursuant to the provisions of section one of this article and all costs collected in magistrate courts in a criminal proceeding pursuant to the provisions of section two of this article shall be submitted on or before the tenth day of the month following the month of their collection to the magistrate court clerk along with any information that may be required by the rules of the Supreme Court of Appeals and by the rules of the State Auditor.

(b)(1) The special county fund known as the magistrate court fund established in each county by chapter thirty-three, Acts of the Legislature, regular session, one thousand nine hundred seventy-six, as amended and reenacted in subsequent Acts of the Legislature, is hereby continued. The moneys credited to the fund may be used solely for the purposes provided in this section.

(2) The magistrate court clerk of each county shall pay the sum of ten dollars collected in magistrate court for each civil and criminal proceeding into the magistrate court fund during each fiscal year until there is paid a sum equal to fifteen thousand dollars multiplied by the number of magistrates authorized for the county.

(3) A county may, in accordance with the supervisory rules of the Supreme Court of Appeals, appropriate and spend from the fund such sums as are necessary to defray the expenses of providing services to magistrate courts.

(c)(1) There is hereby created in the State Treasury a special escrow account designated as the Magistrate Court Surplus Account. The moneys credited to the account may be used solely for the purposes provided in this subsection.

(2) Beginning on the first day of July, two thousand, all costs collected during a fiscal year in excess of the sum specified in subdivision (2), subsection (b) of this section shall be deposited in the Magistrate Court Surplus Account in the State Treasury.

(3) Beginning on the first day of September, two thousand one, and on the first day of September of each year thereafter, in accordance with the supervisory rules of the Supreme Court of Appeals, funds from the Magistrate Court Surplus Account deposited therein as excess costs collected in the prior fiscal year pursuant to the provisions of subdivision (2) of this subsection shall be disbursed as a supplement to any county magistrate court fund which generated less than fifteen thousand dollars per magistrate in the prior fiscal year in accordance with the provisions of this subsection.

(4) The amount disbursed to a county magistrate court fund from the Magistrate Court Surplus Account, when combined with the court costs generated by the magistrate court fund of the county in the prior fiscal year, may not exceed fifteen thousand dollars per magistrate.

(5) The disbursements described in subdivision (3) of this subsection shall be made as follows:

(A) There shall be distributed to each county magistrate court fund that generated less than nine thousand dollars in the prior fiscal year the sum of nine thousand dollars less the amount of court costs generated by the county magistrate court fund in the prior fiscal year. To the extent that the funds available for this disbursement are insufficient to fully fund this disbursement, the funds available shall be disbursed to these counties on a pro rata basis.

(B) Any funds that remain available for disbursement after disbursements made pursuant to paragraph (A) of this subdivision shall be disbursed in equal shares to each county magistrate court fund that generated less than fifteen thousand dollars per magistrate in the prior fiscal year. The shares to be disbursed to each county magistrate court fund are to be equal to the number of magistrates in the county. Any disbursement made under this paragraph shall be subject to the limitations specified in subdivision (4) of this subsection.

(6) Any funds that remain available in the Magistrate Court Surplus Account after the disbursements have been made pursuant to the provisions of paragraphs (A) and (B), subdivision (5) of this subsection shall be deposited by the State Treasurer into the General Revenue Fund of the state.

WVC 50 - 3 - 4 A §50-3-4a. Disposition of criminal costs and civil filing fees into State Treasury account for Regional Jail and Prison Development Fund.
(a) The clerk of each magistrate court shall, at the end of each month, pay into the Regional Jail and Prison Development Fund in the State Treasury an amount equal to forty dollars of the costs collected in each criminal proceeding and all but ten dollars of the costs collected for the filing of each civil action.

(b) The clerk of each magistrate court shall, at the end of each month, pay into the Regional Jail Operations Partial Reimbursement Fund established in section ten-a, article twenty, chapter thirty-one of this code the fees collected pursuant to subsection (g), section one and subdivision (3), subsection (a), section two of this article.

WVC 50 - 3 - 5 §50-3-5.
Repealed.

Acts, 2007 Reg. Sess., Ch. 40.

WVC 50-3-6 §50-3-6. Collection of costs and fines.
On motion of the prosecuting attorney, the magistrate court may issue execution or employ other means of enforcing judgment to collect fines and costs imposed in proceedings before the court and tax the cost thereof as a part of the execution or other process. Such execution or other process shall be directed to the sheriff for collection. The sheriff shall collect the fees prescribed for his services from the party from whom the fine or costs are being collected. Money so collected shall be paid by the sheriff to the magistrate court and shall be paid by the magistrate court in the manner provided by law.

WVC 50-3-6a §50-3-6a. Deposits in interest-bearing accounts; payment of interest to general revenue fund of state treasury.
Magistrate court clerks or circuit clerks acting in that capacity, subject to the rules and regulations of the supreme court of appeals, may establish and maintain interest-bearing checking accounts in secure and properly insured financial institutions for the deposit and disbursement of all moneys collected by the magistrate court. In addition to making other remittances as required by law, the clerk of each magistrate court shall, on a monthly basis, remit all interest earned on such accounts to the state treasurer for deposit in the state general revenue fund.

WVC 50 - 3 - 7 §50-3-7. Records of magistrate court; reports.
(a) Records of the judicial transactions of magistrate court shall be kept as required by the rules of the Supreme Court of Appeals. If, after judgment is rendered in a matter, no appeal is filed within the time allotted, the records of the proceedings shall be forwarded to the magistrate court clerk. The records shall be maintained by the magistrate court clerk in accordance with the rules of the Supreme Court of Appeals.

Records of the financial dealings of the magistrate court shall be kept as may be required by the rules of the State Auditor, who shall promulgate the rules only after consultation with the Supreme Court of Appeals.

The magistrate court shall prepare and submit the reports as may be required by the rules of the Supreme Court of Appeals or by the State Auditor.

(b) (1) Upon receipt of a written request, the magistrate court clerk shall perform a criminal history record search of criminal records in his or her possession. Each request shall be accompanied by a twenty-five dollar fee for each name that is to be the subject of the records search.

(2) The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to:

(A) Federal, state, county or municipal officials;

(B) Court-appointed attorneys;

(C) Prosecuting attorneys; and

(D) Persons utilizing court provided public access terminals.

(3) All moneys collected pursuant to this subsection shall be remitted to the general fund in the State Treasury on or before the tenth day of the following month.

WVC 50-3-8 §50-3-8. Audits.
The chief inspector of public offices shall perform an annual financial audit of each magistrate court. In addition to and in conjunction with the financial audit, the chief inspector of public offices shall perform or cause to be performed an audit of the case filings of each magistrate court. The chief inspector shall report the annual number of case filings of each magistrate court to be included in the financial audit report to be made to the supreme court of appeals, circuit court of the county and the legislative auditor. The supreme court of appeals shall make a written finding that it has examined the report and that the annual number of case filings in each magistrate court accurately represents the total number of cases actually brought before that magistrate court. This finding shall be made prior to any redistribution of magistrates which is based upon the increase or decrease of case filings in any magistrate court.

WVC 50-3-9 §50-3-9. Magistrate court officials to issue receipts of collections; deposit of funds.
(a) Any magistrate, magistrate court clerk, magistrate assistant or magistrate deputy clerk who receives a fee, cost, percentage, penalty, commission, allowance, bond, deposit, surety or other cash payment or sum shall issue a receipt to the payor thereof, in duplicate, on a form approved by the chief inspector, in accordance with the provisions of article nine, chapter six of this code. The magistrate court official shall issue the original of such receipt to the payor and shall retain the copy. The chief inspector shall prescribe the minimum information to be included on such receipt forms.

(b) All money collected shall be deposited in accordance with rules promulgated by the supreme court of appeals.

WVC 50-3-10 §50-3-10. Removal of magistrate court official.
If any magistrate, magistrate court clerk, magistrate assistant or magistrate court deputy clerk shall fail to comply with the provisions of this article, the chief inspector may, in addition to any other remedies provided by law, seek the removal from office of such official, in accordance with provisions of section seven, article six, chapter six of this code.

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