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Supreme Court to resume in-person arguments Sept. 1

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Supreme Court plans to resume in-person oral arguments with new protocols in place due to the coronavirus pandemic, officials said.

Justices will begin hearing arguments again when its fall term begins on Sept. 1, the court said in a statement.

Each case will be scheduled for a specific time and will have an allotted number of minutes, the statement said. Attorneys should arrive at the Supreme Court Courtroom no sooner than 10 minutes before their arguments are scheduled.

Previously, attorneys were told to report to the courtroom at 10 a.m. and wait for their cases to come up.

“The health of attorneys, their clients, the public and our staff is our top priority,” said Chief Justice Tim Armstead. “Although we successfully held virtual arguments last spring, we believe the new protocols, including social distancing and other precautions, will allow us to safely return to in-person hearings.”

All arguments will be webcast live and recorded.