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State and local officials have cut the ribbon for the new Wetzel County satellite courthouse that will be used by the new West Virginia Intermediate Court of Appeals.

NEW MARTINSVILLE — A groundbreaking ceremony was held Friday afternoon for the new Wetzel County satellite courtroom that will be used by the West Virginia Intermediate Court of Appeals.

The three CIA judges — Chief Justice Dan Greear and Justices Charles Lorensen and Thomas Scarr — use a courtroom in the West Virginia Judicial Tower in Charleston. Litigants have the choice of traveling to Charleston for proceedings or using one of the state’s five satellite courtrooms. These courtrooms are located in Beckley in Raleigh County, Petersburg in Grant County, Weston in Lewis County, Berkeley Springs in Morgan County, and New Martinsville in Wetzel County.

Each satellite courtroom is in a dedicated space at the ICA, has videoconferencing equipment that provides secure connections to the ICA Charleston courtroom, has furniture built by students from the Herbert Hoover High School and has ushers who will be present during all proceedings.

The event took place in a magistrate’s courtroom on the third floor of the building at 257 Main Street, New Martinsville.

In his opening remarks, Greear spoke of the building’s impressive renovation and its relevance as a judicial setting. He also expressed his gratitude to the Wetzel County Commission and the citizens of Wetzel County for their commitment to Wetzel County as one of the satellite locations for the new intermediate court system.

West Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice John Hutchison said one of the goals of designing the new intermediate court system would be that no one would have to drive more than an hour and a half to attend. to an audience, and that parking, restaurants and other amenities would be available. Hutchinson expressed his gratitude to the Wetzel County Commission for their willingness to provide a safe and secure location for the hearings.

Wetzel County Commissioner Carla McBee said, “We are truly delighted to have been chosen as the satellite court location for the new intermediate court system. Additionally, we are pleased to announce that on December 6, the county will complete the purchase of the parking lot adjacent to the court building, which will be a major asset to building staff and patrons.

Hutchison said the new court system is expected to handle 800 to 1,000 appeals each year. Not all appealed cases will go to the three-judge panel. Each case under appeal will first be handled by the Council Office, made up of Amy Johnson and Jim McGowen. Johnson and McGowen are from New Martinsville.

After a ribbon-cutting ceremony, tours were held in the new ICA courtroom, including a demonstration of the videoconferencing system between the satellite courtroom and the main ICA courtroom in Charleston.

Mark Cochran and Chuck Clegg contributed to this report.

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