West Virginia

1. Who may sue?

Any "citizen" of this state may file a petition challenging the action of a public agency under the Open Meetings Act. W. Va. Code §§ 6-9A-3 and 6. Although the statute originally required the plaintiff to "show a good faith and valid reason for making the application," the provision was deleted in a 1993 amendment. Only a person "adversely affected" by a decision may have the decision invalidated solely on the grounds the body gave improper notice of the meeting. W. Va. Code § 6-9A-3.

(2). To whom notice is given.

The Open Meetings Act does not state to whom notice of an emergency meeting is to be given. The governing bodies of the executive branch of the state presumably would file the notice of an emergency meeting with the Secretary of State.

4. Nongovernmental bodies.

(This section is blank. See the subpoints below.)

c. State attorney general.

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A. Generally

The protection afforded reporters in West Virginia is good and fairly strong in civil cases, although the privilege is not absolute. As explained by the state Supreme Court in Hudok v.

3. Contact of interested amici.

Any person wishing to file an amicus brief in the West Virginia Supreme Court must file a motion making the request. Generally speaking, the current Supreme Court routinely grants such motions.

c. Minutes.

(This section is blank. See the subpoints below.)

4. Requirements or prohibitions regarding advance payment.

The Freedom of Information Act neither requires nor specifically prohibits the advance payment of fees.