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1662

The justice of the peace courts were established by Virginia

1863

The state constitution adopted Virginia common law and statutes as the law of West Virginia

Other events that happened on or around 1863

Aug 22, 1872

The new state constitution increased the number of Supreme Court justices and strengthened the justices of the peace

Other events that happened on or around August 22, 1872

1973

The Supreme Court of Appeals held that the system of funding justice of the peace courts from fines was unconstitutional in State ex rel. Reece v. Giles, J.P.

Other events that happened on or around 1973

Nov 05, 1974

Voters ratified the Judicial Reorganization Amendment replacing j.p. courts and authorizing intermediate courts of appeal

Other events that happened on or around November 05, 1974

1978

Legislature attempted to decrease judicial budget, resulting in lawsuit

Other events that happened on or around 1978

1979

The court ruled that unequal per pupil funding among West Virginia counties violated the state constitution's mandate for a "thorough and efficient" school system in Pauley v. Kelly

Other events that happened on or around 1979

1986

A complete restructuring of the prison system was required by the Crain v. Bordenkircher court decision

Other events that happened on or around 1986

2004

The state Supreme Court heard 2,449 cases and issued 159 opinions and 434 orders

Other events that happened on or around 2004


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