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Ohio County Circuit Clerk Brenda Miller Ordered to Appear in Court Over Toriseva Law Filing

WHEELING – Ohio County Circuit Clerk Brenda Miller is being ordered to appear in court next week to explain why she would not accept a legal filing submitted recently by a Wheeling law firm.

First Judicial Circuit Court Chief Judge Ronald Wilson on Wednesday ordered Miller to appear before him Nov. 13 “to show, if she can, why she is not legally obligated to execute the statutory duties of Circuit Clerk which necessarily include acceptance of the filings presented to her.”

Last week, Miller refused to accept a filing from the Toriseva Law Firm of Wheeling.

Teresa Toriseva and her partners filed a civil complaint against Miller on Monday after the clerk refused to accept the firm’s petition last Friday. Miller previously said she thought Toriseva’s original filing on behalf of a client in a domestic proceeding did not include all of the required information. Namely, it listed Toriseva Law Firm as the petitioner rather than Toriseva’s client.

Miller previously said she contacted Toriseva’s office to point out the issue. But in her civil complaint, Toriseva claimed the client could remain confidential in her original filing, and that she would “provide the court with a more detailed factual history” in a “more closed (court) proceeding”

Miller said she was served with the civil complaint Wednesday morning and would comply with the judge’s order requiring her to appear in court next week.

“I’m really not allowed to comment. All I can say is I respect the judiciary and will allow them to do their job,” Miller said. “I don’t wish to get into a media or newspaper battle about it. I’ll let the courts do their job.”

The hearing will be held at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in Wilson’s second-floor courtroom at the City-County Building in Wheeling.

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