CHARLESTON (AP) — The West Virginia Supreme Court has approved a three-year pilot program to help attorneys who have addictions, or physical or mental health conditions, that impact their ability to practice law.
Officials say the purposes of the program are to protect the public and assist attorneys who need help to begin and continue recovery. The program also will be used to educate the judges, attorneys, and the public about the causes of impairment, and develop prevention programs to help attorneys.
The West Virginia State Bar is required to file a report with the court after the first two years of the program so that it can be evaluated.
It will be funded through the West Virginia State Bar. The total costs of the program may not exceed $60,000 per year.