W.Va. Supreme Court Division 2: Jim Douglas
NAME: Jim Douglas
BIOGRAPHY: Clay County High School, 1969; BA, Morris Harvey College, 1973, Double Major, magna cum laude; MA, WVU, 1975; Law Degree, WVU, 1977. Member of Board of Governors, WV Symphony Orchestra; Braxton County Democratic Executive Committee, Vice-Chair; Sutton Lions Club, President; Member and Usher, CC United Methodist; and Sub-teacher. See Douglas4Justice.com.
LEGAL/JUDICIAL EXPERIENCES: Currently Family Law Judge; Divorce and trial lawyer nearly 40 years; argued over 40 cases before the WV Supreme Court; Prosecuting Attorney; Defense Attorney; RESA; Education Hearing Officer; Special Ed lawyer; Chair, 2x, Family Law Chair, State Bar; authored articles on Divorce published by ABA; taught CLE to other lawyers 1996-2018; Best Lawyer, 2006; AA Matrimonial Lawyers, 1993-2018.
1. How would you make the judicial budgeting process more transparent?
Transparency established by requiring all justices, circuit judges and family law judges to make Individual time accountings on how many hours spent in the office and on the job.
2. Do you believe the current system of voluntary recusal is effective in avoiding real or perceived conflicts of interest or do we need a change in the system to ensure public confidence in the process? What changes would you propose?
Yes. Recusals or failures to recuse, other than prior attorney-client relationships or family connections should be approved by the Judicial Investigation Commission, who would be appointed by the Legislature for staggered terms.