West Virginia

West Virginia in the United States

Legal Materials

Internet links to West Virginia, statutes, regulations, cases, etc. are posted by FindLaw and WashLaw. Primary legal materials are also available from Lexis, Westlaw and LOIS. Subscription services Versuslaw and Fastcase have cases back to 1950; Google Scholar has cases back to 1950 for free. Supreme and appellate court cases are reported in West’s South Eastern Reporter.

You can check on the status of pending bills through the West Virginia Legislature’s Bill Status page. For questions about West Virginia Legislation, contact a Public Information Officer at the Office of Reference & Information.

Businesses: You can look up corporations and LLCs doing business in West Virginia using the Secretary of State’s Business Organization Information System. Sole proprietors register with the West Virginia Tax Department; contact the Disclosure Office to retrieve registration information (304-558-0640).

The Secretary of State also provides Online Applications for searching registered charities, trademarks, licenses, notaries and UCC filings.

Legal Encyclopedias: For a a summary of West Virginia laws, see the multi-volumeMichie’s Jurisprudence of Virginia and West Virginia and/or the West Virginia State Bar Practice Handbook.

Government Agencies: The West Virginia State web site (WV.gov) links to the Governor’s Office, the Legislature, the Supreme Court of Appeals and many state agencies.

Libraries: For questions or copies try calling the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals State Law Library (304-558-2607).

Public Employees Grievance Board: The Public Employees Grievance Board posts decisions, case summaries, procedures, etc. The Board’s decisions are also available on Westlaw (WVLB-ADMIN).

Note: We linked the resources to archive.org in an effort to decrease the number of broken links cited.

Primary Law

For more U.S. state primary law resources, see:

Topics Covered by the West Virginia Legal Encyclopedia

Note: More detailed information about this State is provided in the West Virginia jurisdictional legal Encyclopedia, which tie together West Virginia statutory and case law.

Topics include:

  • West Virginia Statutes
  • WV Cases & Case Law
  • West Virginia Legal Websites
  • WV State Government Info
  • West Virginia Counties
  • West Virginia Cities
  • West Virginia Legislation
  • WV Court Reporters/Depositions
  • West Virginia Legal Forms
  • West Virginia Courts
  • WV State Bar/Legal Associations
  • West Virginia Law Enforcement
  • West Virginia Media Sources

Resources

See Also

West Virginia: Open and Free Legal Research of US Law

Federal Primary Materials

The U.S. federal government system consists of executive, legislative, and judicial branches, each of which creates information that can be the subject of legal research about West Virginia. This part provides references, in relation to West Virginia, to the legislative process, the federal judiciary, and the primary sources of federal law (cases, statutes, and regulations).

Federal primary materials about West Virginia by content types:

Laws and Regulations

US Constitution
Federal Statutory Codes and Legislation

Federal Case Law and Court Materials

U.S. Courts of Appeals
United States courts of appeals, inclouding bankruptcy courts and bankcruptcy appellate panels:

Federal Administrative Materials and Resources

Presidential Materials

Materials that emanate from the President’s lawmaking function include executive orders for officers in departments and agencies and proclamations for announcing ceremonial or commemorative policies. Presidential materials available include:

Executive Materials

Federal Legislative History Materials

Legislative history traces the legislative process of a particular bill (about West Virginia and other subjects) for the main purpose of determining the legislators’ intent behind the enactment of a law to explain or clarify ambiguities in the language or the perceived meaning of that law (about West Virginia or other topics), or locating the current status of a bill and monitoring its progress.

State Administrative Materials and Resources

State regulations are rules and procedures promulgated by state agencies (which may apply to West Virginia and other topics); they are a binding source of law. In addition to promulgating regulations, state administrative boards and agencies often have judicial or quasi-judicial authority and may issue administrative decisions affecting West Virginia. Finding these decisions can be challenging. In many cases, researchers about West Virginia should check state agency web sites for their regulations, decisions, forms, and other information of interest.

State rules and regulations are found in codes of regulations and administrative codes (official compilation of all rules and regulations, organized by subject matter). Search here:

State opinions of the Attorney General (official written advisory opinions on issues of state law related to West Virginia when formerly requested by a designated government officer):

Tools and Forms

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