Cabell County Circuit Clerk
Michael J. Woelfel, Cabell County Circuit Clerk
750 5th Avenue, Room 114
Huntington, WV 25701
- The office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court is established by Article 8, Section 9 of the West Virginia Constitution. Circuit Clerks are elected for a period of six years and their duties, responsibilities and compensation are set by statute.
- The Circuit Clerk is an officer within the Judicial System and plays an important role in our local government. The Circuit Clerk is responsible for the administration and management of the Jury System for the Circuit Court. The Clerk is also responsible for recording and maintaining all Circuit and Family Court records. In addition to the role as the Official Record Keeper of the Courts, the Circuit Clerk collects and distributes all funds pertaining to cases filed in the Circuit and Family Courts.
- The Circuit Clerk’s Office provides procedural assistance and information to pro se litigants. NOTE: We cannot provide legal advice. We are not licensed attorneys. If you would like to find an attorney in your area that specializes in your type of case, the West Virginia State Bar referral service is available at (304)558-7991 or on the web at: www.wvbar.org.or www.wvlawyerreferral.org. If you are unable to obtain counsel and have legal questions, you can call the Legal Aid's statewide client helpline at 1-866-255-4370or contact Legal Aid on the web at: www.wvonlinelegalhelp.org.
- The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals provides all forms sold by the Circuit Clerk’s Office. You may download these forms at no charge by visiting the website: www.state.wv.us/wvsca/rules/formsindex.htm
- The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals now offers a training tutorial for WV Guardian/Conservators by visiting the website: www.state.wv.us/wvsca/GCTest/index.htm
- NOTE: Please do not contact the Circuit Clerk’s Office by phone for information regarding your divorce. No information will be given out. You must come in person to the Clerk’s office with your driver’s license to obtain the information. If you cannot come in person, you may send a notarized letter of authorization including a notarized copy of your license. In addition, no information will be given out over the phone regarding mental hygiene, conservatorship or juvenile cases.
- The Circuit Clerk is responsible for the administration and management of the Jury System for the Circuit Court. Under the direction of the Court, the Clerk creates the master list of prospective jurors, randomly selects panels for attendance, qualifies and summons the jurors, participates in jury orientation and monitors attendance and mileage for reimbursement purposes. The Circuit Clerk is required to provide jury panels for the Magistrate Courts.
- There are two types of juries:
- GRAND JURY: A Grand Jury issues indictments for criminal offenses. It only findsprobable causeit does not find guilt or innocence. The Grand Jury is made up of sixteen (16) members. It meets at the beginning of each term of court.
- PETIT JURY:A Petit Jury in criminal cases determines guilt or innocence. A guilty finding must be by unanimous vote. Twelve (12) persons sit on a criminal jury. A Petit Jury in civil cases decides between a plaintiff and defendant as to disagreements that have arisen between parties. They must also be unanimous in their decision