Wyoming County Prosecutor explains how court proceedings now work

WYOMING COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – The COVID-19 pandemic has definitely had an impact on the way county courthouses conduct business.

In Wyoming County, the building is closed to the public but there is still action happening.

Prosecuting Attorney Mike Cochrane says felony defendants still have to appear before a magistrate within ten days, which can happen via video call if they are incarcerated.

The prosecuting attorney’s office is still open and taking calls  even if some of their cases have been pushed back. 

“We’ve tried to keep it as normal as possible but again, this is not normal times so we’re still here and we’ll be here as long as we can be,” he said. 

Wyoming County has several proceedings scheduled to take place in April but as of right now, those are expected to take place later on, but Cochrane says they will happen. It is just a matter of “when.” 

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Anna Saunders is a weekend reporter for WOAY. With a diploma from Princeton Senior High School and a mother from Fayette County, she is no stranger to the area. She received a degree in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and wanted to return home to start her career as a reporter.