West Virginia Law Review

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At this time when we have under consideration a proposal for simplification of procedure in order to facilitate the trial or hearing of civil cases, it may be significant to some degree that no similar proposal has been made in relation to the procedural machinery for trial of criminal cases. For the vast majority of our number, simplification of civil procedure would affect only a portion of our work. It may be that reform of civil procedure enlists the greater degree of attention because so much thereof is promoted and fostered by the bar organizations, many of whose most active members devote themselves exclusively to matters civil in nature. I am not prepared to chart a well-defined course for reform of criminal procedure. Nevertheless, it may very well be that we as a profession, particularly we as members of the judiciary, would be remiss if we should fail to make any exploration whatsoever of the possibility of keeping reforms in the one branch of jurisdiction abreast of the reforms in the other.



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