Magistrates run for four-year terms in non-partisan elections in West Virginia. Monroe County has two active Magistrates. The role of a Magistrate is to oversee the enforcement of state laws and the application of criminal and civil court procedures.
Magistrates have jurisdiction over civil cases in which the financial amount is less than $10,000.00, including wrongful occupations, unlawful detainers, and detinue filings. Civil actions are subject to filing fees.
The Court conducts misdemeanor cases, felony preliminary hearings, and fugitive initial rights. Magistrates have the authority to issue complaints, arrest warrants, and search warrants; as well as, set bail. The Magistrate has the final decision on plea agreements and sentencing. Emergency protective orders, temporary emergency protective orders, and personal safety orders are issued by Magistrates.
Citations issued from the Sheriff’s Department, State Police, and DNR are addressed in Magistrate Court. To appear on a citation, contact the Magistrate Court via phone for No Contest pleas and appear in-person for Not Guilty or Guilty pleas. Credit card payments can be made over-the-phone; cash, check or money order in person, and check or money order by mail. Payment plans and verifications are handled in the Magistrate Clerk’s Office.
All Magistrate Court appeals are heard in Circuit Court. Appeal paperwork can be obtained from the Magistrate Court Clerk.
Magistrates work under the administrative supervision of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia.
Domestic Violence Petitions and Personal Safety Petitions must be obtained directly from the Magistrate Court or the Family Resource Center.
Monday – Friday
8:30AM – 4:30PM
Mailing Address Physical Address
PO Box 4 500 Main Street
Union, WV 24983 Union, WV 24983
Magistrate Magistrate Clerk
304-772-4614 (fax) 304-772-4357 (fax)