West Virginia Judiciary

Juvenile Justice Commission


The Juvenile Law Guide is an overview of West Virginia juvenile law and court procedures. It is intended to provide a framework for understanding West Virginia's juvenile justice system. This overview can be used as a training tool for juvenile justice system personnel, law enforcement, students, and the public.

The Rules of Juvenile Procedure govern the procedures in the courts of West Virginia having jurisdiction over delinquency and status offense matters and apply to both delinquency and status offense proceedings except where otherwise specified or limited.

Chapter 49 of the West Virginia Code dealing with Child Welfare