West Virginia Self Help and Legal Research
This page provides information about Self Help and Legal Research resources in West Virginia.
Links are grouped by those that cover courts statewide, for multiple counties, and then by individual county.
West Virginia - Statewide Courts Self Help
Legal Information and Legal Resources
Legal Aid of West Virginia provides an online library of information and resources organized by topic.
Court Rules and Procedure
View Circuit, Family, and Magistrate Court Rules, and rules governing attorneys and judges.
Domestic Violence Protective Orders
Information and instructions about filing for court protection from domestic abuse and information about community support resources.
State Law Library
View information about the West Virginia State Law Library, including hours, location, an online catalog, and available services and materials.
Child Support Services
The West Virginia Bureau for Child Support Enforcement offers information and services related to child support, including how to get a child support order, paternity establishment, locating absent parents, and interstate cases.
Approved Family Court Mediators
View a directory of court-approved Family Court mediators by county.
Family Court Guide
A guide to family court actions in West Virginia, including divorce, mediation, and parenting plans.
West Virginia Code
Search the West Virginia Code by keyword or browse the Table of Contents by chapter, article, and section.
Foreclosure Prevention Resources
View resources for preventing foreclosure in West Virginia, including local housing counseling agencies and links to legal aid providers.
Guardian/Conservator Online Training
Complete an online training and testing program to become certified as a guardian or conservator in West Virginia courts.
Crime Victim Compensation Information
View information about making a claim with the West Virginia Legislative Claims Commission (formerly Court of Claims) for compensation as a victim of crime.
Circuit Court Mediators
Search a roster of Circuit Court mediators by county.
Treatment Court Information
West Virginia treatment courts provide alternatives to criminal adjudication for offenses committed by juveniles and adults dealing with substance abuse or mental health issues.
Family Court Mediation
View information about mediation in West Virginia Family Courts, which can help parties resolve shared parenting disputes without a trial.
Road Hazard and Real Estate Damage Claim Filing
View instructions for filing a road hazard or real estate damage claim with the West Virginia Legislative Claims Commission. A link to the required form is provided.
Legislative Claims Commission Rules
View the rules of practice and procedure for the West Virginia Legislative Claims Commission.
Legislative Claims Commission Information
View answers to frequently asked questions about the West Virginia Legislative Claims Commission, including types of eligible claims, hearing procedure and locations, use of attorneys, and requirements for road hazard claims.
Jefferson County - Courts Self Help Resources
Jefferson County Probate Information
Information on probating an estate in Jefferson County, including contact information for the county office that handles probate matters.
Lincoln County - Courts Self Help Resources
Lincoln County Civil Lawsuits
View information about civil lawsuits in Lincoln County, including self-representation, use of attorneys, forms, fees, and burden of proof.
Lincoln County Criminal Proceedings
View information about criminal cases in Lincoln County Circuit Court, including indictments, case records, and jury selection.
Lincoln County Magistrate Court Civil Case Information
View information about civil jurisdiction and procedure in Lincoln County Magistrate Court.
Lincoln County Magistrate Court Criminal Case Information
View information about criminal jurisdiction and procedure in Lincoln County Magistrate Court.
Marion County - Courts Self Help Resources
Marion County Teen Court
View information about Marion County Teen Court, in which some young offenders who plead guilty in Circuit Court have their punishment determined by volunteer middle and high school students.
Mineral County - Courts Self Help Resources
Mineral County Case Types
View information about the types of cases heard in Mineral County Circuit and Family Court.
Monongalia County - Courts Self Help Resources
Monongalia County Magistrate Court Mediation
View information about the Monongalia County Magistrate Court mediation program, which can help parties resolve disputes without going to trial.
Monroe County - Courts Self Help Resources
Monroe County Guardian and Conservator Information
View information about conservators and guardians in Monroe County, who are appointed to to manage the affairs of of incompetent adults or minor children. Links to relevant forms are included.
Monroe County Mental Hygiene and Involuntary Commitment Information
View information and procedural steps to filing an involuntary commitment case.
Monroe County Probate Information
View information, including forms, on how to probate an estate in Monroe County.
Morgan County - Courts Self Help Resources
Morgan County Criminal Case Information
The Morgan County Prosecutor's Office offers information about crime victims' rights, criminal procedure, plea bargains, juvenile proceedings, and parole. Advice for witnesses and a list of crime victims' resources are included.
Morgan County Probate Information
View information about probating an estate in Morgan County, including appointment of executors and administrators, inventory, taxes, bonds, and more. A link to download the complete information packet is included.
Putnam County - Courts Self Help Resources
Putnam County Circuit Court Case Types
View information about the types of cases heard in Putnam County Circuit Court.
Putnam County Probate Information
View information about probating an estate in Putnam County.
Raleigh County - Courts Self Help Resources
Raleigh County Domestic Violence Information
The Beckley Police Department offers information about domestic violence protection orders and a list of shelters with contact information.
Wood County - Courts Self Help Resources
Wood County Probate Information
View information about probating a will in Wood County, with a link to instructions for filing the will.