Justices are selected in nonpartisan elections to 12-year terms. Interim selections to fill vacancies that occur between elections are made by governor appointment from a list prepared by the West Virginia Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission. The Commission is an eight-member, governor-appointed body that includes four public, non-lawyer members and four attorneys.
Selection method sources:
Ballotpedia, Judicial Election Methods By State; Brennan Center for Justice, Judicial Selection: An Interactive Map; West Virginia Legislature, §3-10-3a. Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission