A special session begins at noon to deal with impeachment proceedings related to the state Supreme Court.

House Judiciary Chairman John Shott made that announcement yesterday afternoon, and then Gov. Jim Justice issued a statement saying he would call the special session.

Shott, R-Mercer, said the special session will begin with a resolution directing the House Judiciary Committee to begin an investigation.

If impeachment would move forward, the House of Delegates would establish the articles of impeachment — essentially laying out the charges. The Senate would then serve as the jury in a trial.

Delegate Shawn Fluharty, D-Ohio, was insistent Monday that the Legislature should work toward completing any impeachment proceedings prior to August 14 to ensure any open Supreme Court seat would be on the November ballot.