Starcher v. Crabtree
In Starcher v. Crabtree, 176 W. Va. 707, 348 S.E.2d 293 (1986), the Court held the family law master system as set forth in Enrolled House Bill 2094 unconstitutional because it would have divested the circuit courts of jurisdiction of domestic relation cases.
In reaching this conclusion, the Court noted that:
"The 1974 Judicial Reorganization amendment eliminated the legislature's power to change the jurisdiction of divorce cases and constitutionally placed divorce cases in the circuit court." Id. at 708, 348 S.E.2d at 294-95.