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Courthouse Closures

The Chief Judge of a circuit has the authority to order an emergency closure of the courts in that circuit, including circuit courts, magistrate courts, circuit clerk’s offices, magistrate clerk’s offices, family courts, and probation offices. Any time off for court staff is not considered annual or sick leave. Magistrates are on a holiday/weekend schedule during the closure.

In some counties, although the courts are closed, other areas of the courthouses may remain open. In other counties, both courts and entire courthouses are closed. For information on county offices not covered by the judicial orders (which cover only the judicial offices listed above), contact that county commission.

Full Open/Closed Listing

Counties have the responsibility and providing services to their citizens and much of this requires face to face contact. We will be providing the latest information as it is updated and links to various sources for questions. All counties need to be in constant communication with local health departments and emergency services officials. The state has set up a hotline at 1-800-887-4304.

Please see links below for up to date information:

President Trump has unveiled Guidelines for Opening Up America Again, a three-phased approach based on the advice of public health experts. These steps will help state and local officials when reopening their economies, getting people back to work, and continuing to protect American lives.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/openingamerica/

New emergency rule for retailers that are allowed to remain open during the pandemic. It sets occupancy limits (3 customers per 1,000 sq ft in grocery stores; 2 per 1,000 sq ft in other retailers) and other guidelines:

http://apps.sos.wv.gov/adlaw/csr/readfile.aspx?DocId=53180&Format=PDF

Charleston, W. Va.  In response to the declaration of a State of Emergency due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Secretary of State Mac Warner encourages West Virginians to take advantage of absentee by mail and early voting options ahead of the May 12 Primary Election. 

Warner announced Wednesday that voters who do not wish to vote in person due to the Coronavirus pandemic are eligible to request an absentee ballot by mail. Voters may still vote in-person during Early Voting, from April 29 to May 9, and on Election Day, May 12.

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