forH. B. 4307
(By Delegates Miley, Frazier, Longstreth,
Barill and Jones)
(By the request of the Supreme Court of Appeals)
[Passed March 8, 2012; in effect ninety days from passage.]
AN ACT to amend and reenact §48-27-502 and §48-27-1101 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, all relating to domestic violence generally; clarifying that the practice and procedure for domestic violence civil proceedings are governed by court rule; providing that a prohibition against possessing firearms and ammunition is a mandatory provision for domestic violence protective orders; and, providing that a domestic violence protective order state that possession of firearms and ammunition while subject to domestic violence protective order is a criminal violation of state and federal law.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §48-27-502 and §48-27-1101 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted, all to read as follows:
CHAPTER 48. DOMESTIC RELATIONS.
ARTICLE 27. PREVENTION AND TREATMENT OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.
§48-27-502. Mandatory provisions in protective order.
(a) A protective order must order the respondent to refrain from abusing, harassing, stalking, threatening or otherwise intimidating the petitioner or the minor children, or engaging in other conduct that would place the petitioner or the minor children in reasonable fear of bodily injury.
(b) The protective order must prohibit the respondent from
possessing any firearm or ammunition.
(c) The protective order must inform the respondent that he or she is prohibited from possessing any firearm or ammunition and that possession of a firearm or ammunition while subject to the court's protective order is a criminal offense under state and federal law, notwithstanding the fact that the respondent might otherwise have a right to possess a firearm.
(d) The protective order must inform the respondent that the order is in full force in every county of this state.
(e) The protective order must contain on its face the following statement, printed in bold-faced type or in capital letters:
“VIOLATION OF THIS ORDER MAY BE PUNISHED BY CONFINEMENT IN A REGIONAL JAIL FOR AS LONG AS ONE YEAR AND BY A FINE OF AS MUCH AS $2,000”.
§48-27-1101. Rules of practice and procedure; forms to be provided; operative date.
(a) Pleadings, practice and procedure in domestic violence matters before the court are governed by the rules of practice and procedure for domestic violence civil proceedings promulgated by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.
(b) The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals shall prescribe
forms which are necessary and convenient for proceedings pursuant
to this article and the court shall distribute such forms to the
clerk of the circuit court, the secretary-clerk of the family court
and the clerk of magistrate court of each county within the state.