Circuit Court Judge
The circuit courts are West Virginia’s only general jurisdiction trial courts of record. Circuit courts have jurisdiction over all civil cases at law over $300; all civil cases in equity; proceedings in habeas corpus, mandamus, quo warranto, prohibition, and certiorari; and all felonies and misdemeanors. The circuit courts receive appeals from magistrate court, municipal court, and administrative agencies, excluding workers’ compensation appeals. The circuit courts also hear appeals of family court decisions unless both parties agree to appeal directly to the Supreme Court of Appeals. The circuit courts receive recommended orders from judicial officers who hear mental hygiene and juvenile matters. The Supreme Court of Appeals receives appeals of circuit court decisions.
Circuit judges are elected in partisan elections to eight-year terms. They must have practiced law for at least five years.
Warren Randolph McGraw (born May 10, 1939) is a lawyer, politician, and judge in West Virginia . He was born in Wyoming County, West Virginia, United States, on May 10, 1939. After graduating from the Wyoming County public school system, McGraw attended Morris Harvey College (now the University of Charleston) where he earned his Artium Baccalaureus in 1960. McGraw then attended West Virginia University Graduate School and later Wake Forest University law school where he earned his Juris Doctor in 1963. In 1961, McGraw married Peggy Shufflebarger. They have 3 children, Warren Randolph McGraw II, Helen Suzanne McGraw, and Rebecca McGraw M.D. The McGraws also have six grandchildren.
McGraw began his political career in 1968 when he was elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates, serving there until 1970. He was then elected to the West Virginia Senate in 1972, serving three consecutive terms. During his third term, McGraw was the Elected 44th Senate President. In 1984, he decided to run for Governor and in the Democratic primary challenged then-Speaker of the House Clyde M. See, State Attorney General Chauncey Browning, and State Highway Commissioner Dusty Rhodes. McGraw edged out Browning for second place but lost the primary to See.
After his service in the West Virginia Legislature, McGraw returned to Wyoming County where he was elected to the Board of Education in 1986 and later as Prosecuting Attorney in 1996. In 1998 McGraw successfully campaigned for an unexpired six year term in the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia.
In 2008 McGraw successfully ran for a Circuit Court Judge post, which he continues to hold.
Judge Warren R. McGraw
P.O. Box 581
100 Main and Bank Streets
Pineville, WV 24874
Address filings to the Wyoming County Circuit Clerk,