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WATER COURTS-RESOLVING STATE RESOURCE DISPUTES WITH EXCLUSIVE JURISDICTION

In recent news reports we have learned about the contamination of public water sources in West Virginia, and have been alerted to the potential impact of climate change on local water supplies.   Who ultimately decides disputes involving the protection, access and consumption of state water resources?

Generally, state courts have jurisdiction over local water rights created by state law.  State agencies with environmental and natural resources oversight further regulate water use and consumption policy in compliance with state law.   Conflicts involving water on reserved Federal and Indian land are resolved by negotiation and compact with state, federal and tribal authorities.… Read More

Municipal Court Records

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In addition to federal laws and state laws, there are also laws created by a city or town, which are called municipal ordinances.  A municipal ordinance is only applicable within the boundaries of the municipality. In many states, there are specific courts which deal only with cases involving violations of municipal ordinances, called Municipal Courts.  If you have ever received a traffic ticket, and fought it in court, then you likely encountered a municipal court. 

The types of cases heard in Municipal courts can include infractions and certain minor criminal offenses such as misdemeanors.   An infraction can include a parking … Read More