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W.Va. judges to be sworn in

December 18, 2000

W.Va. judges to be sworn in



CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Chief Justice Elliott E. Maynard on Friday, Dec. 29. will swear in the four 23rd Judicial Circuit judges in ceremonies here, Circuit Court Chief Judge Thomas W. Steptoe Jr. said in a release.

The swearing-in will begin 11 a.m. in the main courtroom at the Jefferson County Courthouse, Charles Town, W.Va.

House Minority Leader Charles S. Trump IV, R-Morgan, will serve as master of ceremonies. Trump is a member of the 23rd Circuit bar. Henry W. Morrow, Shepherdstown, W.Va., senior member of the 23rd Circuit bar, will serve as honorary master of ceremonies.

Steptoe of Charles Town, W.Va., will be sworn in for his third, 8-year term; David H. Sanders, Charles Town, and Christopher C. Wilkes, Martinsburg, W.Va., will both be sworn in for their second, 8-year terms; and, Gray Silver III, Martinsburg, will be sworn in for his first 8-year term.

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Silver's father, Gray Silver Jr., was elected circuit court judge in the 23rd Circuit in 1960 and served in the post 16 years before retiring.

The 223rd Judicial Circuit encompasses Jefferson, Berkeley and Morgan counties. Beginning Jan. 1, the 23rd Circuit will be a four-judge circuit. It is currently a three-judge circuit.

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