CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) -- The push for an intermediate appellate court is now headed to the House of Delegates.

The state Senate, led by acting Senate President Jeff Kessler, on Wednesday passed a bill to create a three-judge panel to hear appeals. The Senate vote was 24-9.

The proposed legislation, Senate Bill 307, would create the court that would hear mostly criminal and civil cases.

The bill, introduced Jan. 27, was advanced by the Senate Judiciary Committee and then the Senate Finance Committee on Monday.

According to the bill, the intermediate appeals court "shall be established and operable" on or before Jan. 1, 2013.

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