W.Va. Supreme Court fills Business Court vacancy

CHARLESTON (AP) — Circuit Court Judge Thomas Evans III has been appointed to the West Virginia court system’s Business Court Division.

The West Virginia Supreme Court says Chief Justice Brent Benjamin named Evans to replace former Circuit Court Judge Donald Cookman, who was appointed to fill a vacancy in the state Senate.

Evans’ appointment to the Business Court Division ends Oct. 9, 2019.

The Business Court Division handles litigation involving business disputes and commercial issues.

Evans is a judge in the Fifth Judicial Circuit, which covers Calhoun, Jackson, Mason, and Roane counties. He resigned his seat on the court system’s Mass Litigation Panel to serve with the Business Court Division. Benjamin appointed Circuit Court Judge David Hummel to replace him.

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