The Court Services Division provides numerous services for the West Virginia judicial system and citizens.
The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia regularly receives grants, and some are multi-year grants. The source and amount of the grants varies. The names of the grants and the division within the Division of Court Services that administers each of the grants are listed below.
STOP Violence Against Women – (Division of Justice and Community Service)
The grant pays for new family court judges and relevant court staff to attend national training meetings to increase their knowledge of domestic violence law, procedures, and the effect domestic violence has on families. This grant also pays for nationally recognized speakers on best practices in domestic violence law and procedure to provide presentations at training meetings in West Virginia.
The training specifically teaches judges and staff how to serve victims of domestic violence, and it allows the West Virginia court system to keep up to date on the most effective ways to deal properly with custody decisions in domestic violence cases. Victims and children are safer and better served by judges who are informed of the very complex and dangerous dynamics of family violence.
The grant also allows the court system to maintain and improve court technology and provides information and interpreters to the non-English speaking community. This project also will provide updates to the Sexual Assault and Stalking Bench Book and the Domestic Violence Benchbook.
Grant funds also maintain the Domestic Violence Registry, a Web-based system containing every West Virginia protective order. The orders are put in the system immediately after they are issued or acted on by a court. The Registry allows a hit anywhere in the nation to be verified so local law enforcement officers know immediately if there is an active order, even before it has been submitted to National Crime Information Center (NCIC).
Additionally, the grant provides support for the pilot Domestic Violence Court in Kanawha County.
Grants to Encourage Arrest Policies and Enforcement of Protection Order Program (Division of Justice and Community Services)
This grant provides oversight of the domestic violence registry/database, interface implementation and analysis of the domestic violence data. In partnership with the Regional Community Policing Institute and the WV Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Court used these funds to coordinate two statewide Firearms Summits.
Juvenile Accountability Block Grant (Division of Justice and Community Service)
The grant provides accurate and complete data on the juvenile justice system. The information is used for planning and administration and is reported to the federal government to be compared with other states, allowing West Virginia to secure funding for the juvenile justice system. The information also is used to allow localities to plan appropriately and seek funding to address local juvenile issues.
Court Security Fund
Every time a defendant pays court costs on criminal violations in West Virginia, a portion goes to a Court Security Fund, managed by the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia and the West Virginia Division of Justice and Community Services through the Court Security Board. The Board, by statute, is led by the Supreme Court Administrative Director. For violations in magistrate court, the amount of court costs dedicated to the fund is five dollars. A substantial amount of money is thereby created which pays for crucial security needs in counties. The Administrative Office of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia uses these funds to train bailiffs in West Virginia on the most current procedures of courtroom security, planning, and response. The Court also uses the money to train county court security contacts and their backups on the ten essential elements for courtroom safety and security. Fund money also is used to develop, implement, and maintain continuity of operations plans in each county.
NCHIP - National Criminal History Improvement Program (Division of Justice and Community Services)
The purpose of this project is to provide additional staff and equipment to assist in the development and implementation of the Uniform Judicial Application (UJA) into the WV Courts, interface existing stand-alone systems that submit data to the CJIS agency into the UJA insuring non-interruption of submissions, improve data collection and statistical analysis reporting to the National Center for State Courts and submissions of dispositional data to the CJIS agency, participate in the N-DEx data sharing through WV probation, continue data management of the NICS project and provide necessary equipment to complete all of the above.
NARIP -NICS Act Record Improvement Program (U.S. Department of Justice)
The WV Supreme Court Administrative Offices, in partnership with the WV State Police and the WV Division of Justice and Community Services (DJCS), uses this funding to establish and upgrade information automation and identification technologies for timely submission of final criminal record dispositions and other information relevant to NICS checks to:
- submit dispositional data on mental health adjudications and commitments; felony convictions, felony indictments, fugitives from justice, domestic violence protection orders, and misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence.
- improve automation and transmittal of criminal history dispositions to federal and state repositories;
- submit records relevant to determining whether a person has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence and any life time or domestic violence protective orders in the WV criminal files that have not been submitted since the inception of the Domestic Violence Registry;
- verify the completeness of the WV criminal records survey submission identifying any additional information that can be collected and replacing or confirming any estimated data;
- develop and implement an automated system to transmit arrest and disposition records to the state repository and to NICS and;
- include fingerprint, CDR number or the Transaction Control Number on all criminal records and dispositions to allow real time automation of dispositional records in the future;
- further collect and analyze data needed to demonstrate levels of state compliance with the NICS improvement Act; and
- to improve the completeness, automation, and transmittal of records in the area of mental health prohibitors.
Northern Panhandle Mental Health Court Capacity Expansion Project – Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (U.S. Department of Justice)
The primary purpose of this program is to increase public safety by facilitating collaboration among the criminal justice, mental health and substance abuse treatment systems in the Northern Panhandle to increase access to mental health and other treatment services for those individuals with mental illness or co-occuring mental health and substance use disorders.