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Court ceremony set Monday

October 19, 2008

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A ceremonial opening of the October term of circuit court in Berkeley County will be Monday at the old Berkeley County Courthouse to recognize members of the legal community who have passed away in recent years.

The "ceremony of tribute" will be at 1 p.m. in the main courtroom at 100 W. King St., according to an administrative order signed by the 23rd Judicial Circuit's five presiding judges earlier this month.

Members of the bench and bar and family members of loved ones are invited to attend.

The order said "... it appears that very few official remembrances have been held over the years and many colleagues have passed without adequate recognition, including Judge Gray Silver Jr."

Silver, 91, died in 2003.

"The court intends to address this woeful oversight by convening the circuit courts of the three counties of this circuit for a ceremonial opening ... to pay respectful tribute," the order said.

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