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    Public Defender Services' Annual Report Fiscal Year 2013 - 2014, has been published. You can access the report at the following link:

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    ​The agency's online voucher system ("OVS") is not affected by OASIS. You are to continue to prepare vouchers using OVS and the login to OVS remains unchanged. When you submit an online voucher, it interfaces with the agency's internal program and not OASIS. The only information regarding you that is affected by OASIS is the information used to transmit payments to you or on your behalf once the agency submits your voucher for payment. Again, you must continue to use the OVS as you have always done.


    With the use of the OASIS system, our agency requires only one certified copy of the appointed counsel vouchers.


    Even though you have prepared your voucher online, you must print the entire voucher; you must sign the voucher; and you must submit the entire voucher to the Court for its entry of the order. The agency will receive the statutorily required copy of the Court's order, together with the required seal, and the attached voucher. Restated, you must still present hard copies to the Court for its approval and the agency must still received hard copies. When the agency processes the voucher for payment, it will then be retrieved from the online system.​


    While entering the case information in the OVS system, please enter each case number on its own line. You should enter only one case number and complete the information for that case and then hit "add" to put in the next case number. Do not enter all cases numbers in the system on one line and at one time. If you have any questions, please contact Voucher Processing at (304) 558-3905.​


    On Friday, November 21, 2014, following a two day trial by jury in Ohio County Circuit Court, Assistant Public Defender James Tiu of the First Judicial Circuit Public Defender Corporation obtained not guilty verdicts on a two count felony indictment charging “child abuse resulting in serious injury.”    Through the efforts of James Tiu, Mr. Ashlee Rios was spared a potential sentence of incarceration for 4-20 years.   Assistant Public Defender Jake “Wolverine” Polverini, assisted Mr. Tiu throughout the trial. 


    Heather Atkins is a member of the agency's voucher processing team. Heather was named the Department of Administration's Employee of the Month for December 2014 due to her outstanding customer services. Click here for more.​

"There can be no equal justice where the kind of trial a man gets depends on the amount of money he has."                                      Griffin v. Illinois, 351 U.S. 12 (1956) 

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Public Defender Services
One Players Club Drive, Suite 301
Charleston, WV 25311

Phone: (304) 558-3905
Fax: (304) 558-1098
Voucher Processing Fax: (304) 558-6612
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