The West Virginia Supreme Court implemented new judicial policies Monday in light of the extreme corruption that led to four justices’ impeachments last year.
The new policies seek to address the former justices’ improper conduct related to wasteful spending of taxpayer funds for office renovations and improper use of resources and property. One set of policies concern court-expensed travel, emphasizing “that state vehicles may only be used for official purposes.” Moreover, travel is “authorized only for official Court business and only if the Court has the financial resources to reimburse the Traveler for travel expenses.”
The technology policies mandate that court technology and devices be used only for court-related business. A small amount of incidental personal use may be excused, so long as it does not interfere with productivity or use more than a trivial amount of resources. Additional policies were implemented for asset management, purchase cards, and general accounting. The court may change any of the policies or re-delegate authority at any time as it sees fit.
The justices impeached last year include Justice Robin Davis, Chief Justice Margaret Workman, Justice Beth Walker, and Justice Allen Loughry. Loughry resigned in November after several federal criminal convictions, including mail and wire fraud.