In comparison Harrison County saw more than a 21 percent increase in cases filed, McDowell County shows a nearly 23 percent increase over 2010, Morgan County's rate rose more than 45 percent and Wirt County's cases increased more than 50 percent.
West Virginia has 45 family court judges in 27 circuits. They serve eight-year terms.
In his detailed formal response to the first charges, Watkins did agree to comply with the court in "making every effort to ensure that all orders are timely reviewed and entered into the court's record."
He also said he would make certain that domestic violence protective orders are entered into the registry the same day of the hearing and agreed that he and his staff would attend a training and education program to be sure they are in compliance.
Also, Watkins responded that he and his staff would make "every effort to ensure that all phone calls are either answered and/or screened and to the extent possible are returned to all litigants, attorneys or court personnel within 24 hours."
The issue of Watkins' compliance with the domestic violence protective order registry came up also in March 2009.
He responded to Supreme Court administrator Steve Canterbury, "Wonderful idea! When do we hire the extra clerical people? We can't even answer the damn phone half the time, so I was curious where all this extra time to scan, etc. is going to come from.
"Is this one of those parallel universe things?" he asked.
With his offering of a remedial plan to correct some of the problems in his court, Watkins asked that the charges against him be dismissed and that he not be sanctioned. He still has not responded to the second group of charges, which involve several instances of allegedly cursing and losing his temper in the courtroom.
Contact writer Cheryl Caswell at cher...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4832.