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  • NOTICE TO PANEL ATTORNEYS

    ​The agency is rejecting vouchers for processing that bear an attorney's signature on or after April 1, 2014, but cannot be found in the agency's on-line voucher system. If you received a rejection letter, you must immediately comply before the voucher will be processed.  If you were unaware of the required use of the on-line voucher program to prepare your voucher notwithstanding the discussion of the subject since June, 2013, you should immediately contact the agency.

  • *SAVE THE DATE!*

    WEST VIRGINIA PUBLIC DEFENDER SERVICES' 2014 ANNUAL CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD ON JUNE 12 - 13, 2014 AT OGLEBAY RESORT & CONFERENCE CENTER - WHEELING, WV 

    The registration form has been posted on the CLE Information page.

    DETAILED INFORMATION TO FOLLOW IN COMING WEEKS

  • TIP OF THE MONTH

    ​The OVS system is attached to the individual attorney performing the services.  The designated payee can be a law firm, professional corporation, professional limited liability company, partnership or other entity.  But the entry of the voucher is tied to the identity of the attorney who directly performed the services.  For this reason, the attorney needs to have his or her individual “wv.gov” account and should not try to establish the account in the name of the legal entity.  If you have any questions, you should contact Sheila Coughlin at (304) 558-3905, extension 57712.

  • UPDATED HIGHEST COMPENSATED LIST

    Public Defender Services has posted on the website the 100 Highest Compensated panel attorneys for the period of July 1, 2013 - December 31, 2013. A list has also been posted showing the hours billed by the highest compensated counsel.

  • ENTERING CASE INFORMATION INTO THE OVS 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.​

  • ENTIRE PRINTED OVS VOUCHER NEEDED

    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 two copies of the Court's order, together with the required seal, and the attached vouchers. 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.​

"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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