Civil Cases

This type of case  includes, but is not limited to, torts, contract cases, extraordinary writs, condemnation cases, removals from magistrate court, post-conviction habeas corpus proceedings, foreign judgment actions, and appeals from county commissions (unless the county commission is acting in its capacity as the board of equalization and review).


Note: For civil complaints seeking a monetary amount of $10,000 or less should be filed in the Magistrate Court. While the WV Supreme Court does not supply civil complaint forms for Circuit Court, there are forms available for Magistrate Court and can be found here.


Other Types of Civil Cases

  • Minor guardianship cases filed in circuit court (also known as Infant guardianship) - FORMS CLICK HERE
  • Civil Appeal from Magistrate Court
  • Miscellaneous Proceedings- This designation includes miscellaneous civil proceedings which do not involve a money judgment, generally require only one hearing, and usually are presented by petition rather than complaint.
    • Examples are minor settlement proceedings when no civil action is pending
    • Circuit court name-change petitions
      • Legal Aid of West Virginia help and forms can be found here.
    • Expungments - FORMS CLICK HERE
    • Criminal Offense Reduction (aka Second Chance Act) - FORMS CLICK HERE


Domestic Cases  - These types of cases are not public record and all hearings are closed to the public.

This type of case number includes, but is not limited to:

  • Divorces (with or without children) - FORMS CLICK HERE
  • Paternity Suits
  • Annulments
  • Separate Maintenance Actions
  • Grandparent Visitation
  • UIFSA Cases
  • Name-Change Petitions
    • Legal Aid of West Virginia help and forms can be found here.
  • Child Support Petitions - FORMS CLICK HERE - Note: when filing this type of petition a Civil Case Information Statement must be included and this document can be found here.


Other Domestic Cases - These types of cases are not public record and all hearings are closed to the public.

  • Domestic Violence (restraining orders), which start first in the Magistrate Court - FORMS CLICK HERE
  • Appeals of Denial of Emergency Protective Order
  • Minor guardianship cases filed in family court (also known as Infant guardianship) - FORMS CLICK HERE
  • Modification of court order - FORMS CLICK HERE - Note: when filing this type of petition a Civil Case Information Statement must be included and this document can be found here.
  • Contempt of court order -FORMS CLICK HERE - Note:when filing this type of petition a Civil Case Information Statement must be included and this document can be found here.


Adoption- These types of cases are not public record and all hearings are closed to the public.
Adoptions, including stepparent adoptions and recognition of foreign adoptions.


Mental Hygiene - These types of cases are not public record and all hearings are closed to the public.


Administrative Appeals
This type of case is for appeals to circuit court from administrative agency decisions, such as DMV driver's license revocations, Board of Review unemployment compensation decisions, and Education/State Employee Grievance Board decisions.  It also includes appeals from a county commission when it acts as the board of equalization and review for tax assessments.


Juvenile Cases - These types of cases are not public record and all hearings are closed to the public.

  • Juvenile Abuse and Neglect Proceedings - child abuse/neglect cases; and review of voluntary placement agreements.
  • Juvenile Abuse and Neglect Administrative Proceedings - instituted by circuit court administrative order directing the Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) to investigate and report on suspected child abuse and neglect.
  • Juvenile Abuse and Neglect Mandamus -  instituted by circuit court relating to determinations whether DHHR has a mandatory duty to file an abuse/neglect petition
  • Juvenile Delinquency Proceedings - cases involving juvenile delinquency offenses
  • Juvenile Status Offenses Proceedings - cases involving juvenile status offenses

CASE TYPES

Hampshire County Circuit Clerk

Sonja K. Embrey

Case Information & Forms

Court Docket      Court Calendar

There are various case types handled by the Hampshire County Circuit Clerk for both Circuit and Family Court. Below you will find a list of the types of cases as well as links to forms supplied by the WV Supreme Court of Appeals if available.


Please note the Circuit Clerk nor the deputy clerks are attorneys.  They cannot offer any legal advice or aid in completing any forms. Also be advised that there is not a Notary of the Public in the Circuit Clerk's office. Notarization of any and all documents must be made prior to filing. Click here for a list of filing fees.


Note: Hampshire County is an e-file county. This means that all filings are to be electronically filed through the WV e-File website unless filing ProSe. ProSe (or self litigant) cases must be filed in the office of the Hampshire County Circuit Clerk. Click here for more information regarding the WV e-File.