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WVC 29 - 21 - 17 §29-21-17. Private practice of law by public defenders.
(a) No full-time public defender or full-time assistant public defender may engage in any private practice of law except as provided in this section.

(b) A board of directors may permit a newly employed full-time public defender or full-time assistant public defender to engage in the private practice of law for compensation for the sole purpose of expeditiously closing and withdrawing from existing private cases from a prior private practice. In no event shall any person employed for more than ninety days as a full-time public defender or full-time assistant public defender be engaged in any other private practice of law for compensation: Provided, That until the first day of January, one thousand nine hundred ninety-three, the prohibition against the private practice of law does not apply to full-time public defenders employed in Class II, III or IV counties as defined by article seven, chapter seven of this code.

(c) A board of directors may permit a full-time public defender or full-time assistant public defender to engage in private practice for compensation if the defender is acting pursuant to an appointment made under a court rule or practice of equal applicability to all attorneys in the jurisdiction and if the defender remits to the public defender corporation allcompensation received.

(d) A board of directors may permit a full-time public defender or full-time assistant public defender to engage in uncompensated private practice of law if the public defender or assistant public defender is acting:

(1) Pursuant to an appointment made under a court rule or practice of equal applicability to all attorneys in the jurisdiction; or

(2) On behalf of a close friend or family member; or

(3) On behalf of a religious, community or charitable group.

(e) Violation of the requirements of this section is sufficient grounds for immediate summary dismissal regardless of the conditions of employment established by a corporation's board of directors.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2013 1st Special Session
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