§51-1-2. Chief justice.
The court shall designate one of its justices to be chief
justice of the court for such term as the court may determine by
order made and entered of record. In the absence of the chief
justice, any other justice designated by the justices present shall
act as chief justice. Any reference in the constitution of this
state, in this code or elsewhere in law to the president of the
West Virginia supreme court of appeals shall henceforth be
construed to mean the chief justice of such court.