W.Va. family law judge faces complaint

CHARLESTON (AP) — The state Supreme Court has accused a Putnam County family court judge of failing to rule on motions and not entering orders into a state tracking system.

Supreme Court administrator Steve Canterbury said Friday a complaint has been filed against Judge William Watkins with the state Judicial Investigation Commission.

Canterbury says Watkins failed to comply with three directives from Putnam County circuit judges to rule on a motion to split up property in a divorce case. Watkins eventually ruled in the case.

Watkins also is accused of failing to enter domestic violence-related orders to a state database in a timely manner.

He has 30 days to respond to the charges.

Watkins, who has been on the bench in Putnam County since 2003, didn’t immediately return a telephone message Saturday.

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