EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSNew Court Filing System Created In Wake Of Webster Errors
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Reported by: Heath Harrison
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Aug. 8, 2013 4:10 PM EDT
Updated: Aug. 8, 2013 11:08 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
The West Virginia Supreme Court has issued its final report on Kanawha Circuit Judge Carrie Webster and has ordered the creation of a statewide uniform filing system for county circuit clerk’s offices.
The court found that Webster issued a number of judicial orders that contained errors, one of which led to the erroneous release of a defendant from jail. In March, Webster inadvertently dismissed an attempted kidnapping charge against an inmate.
The court said the errors did not rise to a level of an ethics violation and said they were complicated by processing mistakes.
“The court at this time can only alert all parties to do a better, more contemplative, error-free job with all court documents,” the report stated
The court examined all West Virginia counties and found four different companies handling judicial reports, resulting in possible confusion. As a remedy to the problem, the court has ordered the establishment of single, unified operating system for the state's 55 counties.
Fourteen counties have been selected to serve as pilot counties for the roll-out of the program. Counties in the pilot program will be Berkeley, Braxton, Cabell, Hampshire, Harrison, Jefferson, Lewis, Lincoln, Marion, Morgan, Ohio, Randolph, Upshire and Wood.
To view the full report, go to the court’s website.
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