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Last updated: December 1 at 8:30  p.m.

The Chief Judge of a circuit has the authority to order an emergency closure of the courts in that circuit, including circuit courts, magistrate courts, circuit clerk’s offices, magistrate clerk’s offices, family courts, and probation offices. Any time off for court staff is not considered annual or sick leave. Magistrates are on a holiday/weekend schedule during the closure.

In some counties, although the courts are closed, other areas of the courthouses may remain open. In other counties, both courts and entire courthouses are closed. For information on county offices not covered by the judicial orders (which cover only the judicial offices listed above), contact that county commission.

West Virginia courts that are closed due to emergency include
Court Status
County Status Details
Barbour Open  
Berkeley Open  
Boone Closed

All Boone County courts will close at 4 p.m. as of November 16, and remain closed indefinitely due to the spread of COVID in the county. Magistrates will remain on call to handle emergency matters. Family Court and Circuit Court judges will hold proceedings by telephone or using virtual technology, unless the presiding judge determines there is an emergency that warrants an in-person hearing. The Circuit Clerk's Office will be open by appointment only.

Braxton Open
Brooke Open
Cabell Open


Calhoun Open  
Clay Open
Doddridge Open  
Fayette Open  
Gilmer Open  
Grant Open  
Greenbrier Open  
Hampshire Open


Hancock Open  
Hardy Open


Harrison Open  
Jackson Open  
Jefferson Open  
Kanawha Open  
Lewis Open  
Lincoln Closed

All courts in Lincoln County are closing until further notice. Offices are available by phone and emergency hearings will continue to be held. - Order

Logan Open

Marion Open  
Marshall Open  
Mason Open  
McDowell Open
Mercer Open  
Mineral Open  
Mingo Open
Monongalia Open  
Monroe Open


Morgan Open


Nicholas Open  
Ohio Open


Pendleton Open


Pleasants Open  
Pocahontas Open  
Preston Open  
Putnam Open  
Raleigh Open
Randolph Open  
Ritchie Open  
Roane Open
Summers Open
Taylor Open  
Tucker Open
Tyler Closed All Tyler County Courts will be closed Wednesday, December 2, due to a planned power outage.
Upshur Open
Wayne Open  
Webster Open
Wetzel Open  
Wirt Open  
Wood Open  
Wyoming Open