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H. B. 212


(By Mr. Speaker, (Mr. Thompson) and Delegate Armstead)
[By Request of the Executive]
[Introduced July 17, 2010; referred to the
Committee on Judiciary.]



A BILL to amend and reenact §51-2A-16 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to family court appellate procedures; removing sunset provisions regarding appeal of family court decisions; and applying amendments to section retroactively.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §51-2A-16 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 2A. FAMILY COURTS.
§51-2A-16. Expiration of appellate procedures; exceptions; Report requirements on appellate procedures.

(a) The provisions of sections eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen and fifteen of this article shall expire and be of no force and effect after June 30, 2010, except as otherwise provided by subsection (b) of this section.
(b) Appeals that are pending before a circuit court or the Supreme Court of Appeals on the thirtieth day of June, two thousand ten, but not decided before the first day of July, two thousand ten, shall proceed to resolution in accordance with the provisions of sections eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen and fifteen of this article, notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) of this section that provide for the expiration of those sections. The Supreme Court of Appeals shall, by rule, provide procedures for those appeals that are remanded but not concluded prior to the first day of July, two thousand ten, in the event that the appeals process set forth in sections eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen and fifteen of this article is substantially altered as of the first day of July, two thousand ten.
(c) (a) Prior to the 2008 regular session of the Legislature and annually thereafter, the Supreme Court of Appeals shall report to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance the number of appeals from final orders of the family court filed in the various circuit courts and in the Supreme Court of Appeals, the number of pro se appeals filed, the subject matter of the appeals, the time periods in which appeals are concluded, the number of cases remanded upon appeal and such other detailed information so as to enable the Legislature to study the appellate procedures for family court matters and to consider the possible necessity and feasibility of creating an intermediate appellate court or other system of appellate procedure.
(b) The amendments to this section in the second extraordinary session of the Legislature in 2010 shall apply retroactively so that the provisions of sections eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen and fifteen of this article shall be construed as if they did not expire after June 30, 2010.

NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to remove the sunset provision regarding family court appeals.

Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.
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