There is no requirement for particular public agenda items to be included in the presiding officer's request to go into executive session. However, since the request must specify the justification for a closed session, it necessarily must give some description of the items to be discussed.
There is no specific procedure for requesting an expedited appeal. Rule 2 of the Rules of Appellate Procedure allows the state Supreme Court to suspend its usual rules "[i]n the interest of expediting decision, or for other good cause shown[.]" There are no special considerations that affect news media subpoenas, other than the fact that Petitions for a Writ of Prohibition or a Writ of Mandamus are more favorably looked upon because of their First Amendment considerations than such Petitions that address other issues.
Personnel records, including information contained in an individual's application and disciplinary records, generally would be subject to the balancing test required for disclosure of personal information under FOIA Exemption 2, discussed in the previous section.
The statute authorizes closed sessions for the discussion of "[a]ny official investigation or matters relating to crime prevention or law enforcement." (W. Va. Code § 6-9A-4(7)). Moreover, Rule 6 of the West Virginia Rules of Criminal Procedure mandates the confidentiality of all grand jury testimony — regardless of whether the witness is a public employee.