Senate Bill No. 536
(By Senators Bowman, Bailey, Ball, Jackson, Kessler, Plymale,
Schoonover, Boley and Minear)
[Originating in the Committee on Government Organization;
reported February 12, 1998.]
A BILL to amend and reenact section three, article twenty-one,
chapter twenty-nine of the code of West Virginia, one
thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, relating to
continuing public defender services.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That section three, article twenty-one, chapter twenty-nine
of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty- one, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 21. PUBLIC DEFENDER SERVICES.
§29-21-3. Establishment of public defender services, termination
There is hereby created an executive agency known as public
defender services. The agency shall administer, coordinate and
evaluate programs by which the state provides legal
representation to indigent persons, monitor the progress of
various delivery systems, and recommend improvements. The agency
shall maintain its office at the state capital.
Pursuant to the provisions of article ten, chapter four of
this code, public defender services shall continue to exist until
the first day of July, one thousand nine hundred
(NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to continue the Public
defender services until July 1, 1999, pursuant to the provisions
of the West Virginia Sunset Law.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken
from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language
that would be added.
This bill is recommended by the Joint Committee on
Government Operations for passage during the 1998 Regular Session
of the Legislature.)