WEST virginia legislature
2020 regular session
Senate Bill 732
By Senators Trump and Cline
[Introduced February 7,
to the Committee on the Judiciary; and then to the Committee on Finance]
A BILL to amend and reenact §29-21-2 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to authorizing the payment of fees and reimbursement of expenses of attorneys who participate on court teams or advisory bodies of specialty courts established by the Supreme Court of Appeals.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
ARTICLE 21. PUBLIC DEFENDER SERVICES.
As used in this article, the following words and phrases are hereby defined:
(1) “Eligible client”: Any person who meets the requirements established by this article to receive publicly funded legal representation in an eligible proceeding as defined herein;
(2) “Eligible proceeding”:
Criminal charges which may result in incarceration; juvenile proceedings;
proceedings to revoke parole or probation if the revocation may result in
incarceration; contempt of court; child abuse and neglect proceedings which may
result in a termination of parental rights; mental hygiene commitment proceedings;
extradition proceedings; proceedings which are ancillary to an eligible
proceeding, including, but not limited to, proceedings to enhance sentences
brought pursuant to §61-11-18 and §61-11-19 of this code, forfeiture
proceedings brought pursuant to §60A-7-1 et seq. of this code, and
proceedings brought to obtain extraordinary remedies;
and appeals from
or post-conviction challenges to the final judgment in an eligible proceeding; and
participation on court teams or advisory bodies of drug courts, family treatment
courts, military service members courts, or other specialty courts established
or sanctioned by the Supreme Court of Appeals. Legal representation
provided pursuant to the provisions of this article is limited to the court
system of the State of West Virginia, but does not include representation in
municipal courts unless the accused is at risk of incarceration;
(3) “Legal representation”: The provision of any legal services or legal assistance as counsel or guardian ad litem consistent with the purposes and provisions of this article;
(4) “Private practice of law”: The provision of legal representation by a public defender or assistant public defender to a client who is not entitled to receive legal representation under the provisions of this article, but does not include, among other activities, teaching;
(5) “Public defender”: The staff attorney employed on a full-time basis by a public defender corporation who, in addition to providing direct representation to eligible clients, has administrative responsibility for the operation of the public defender corporation. The public defender may be a part-time employee if the board of directors of the public defender corporation finds efficient operation of the corporation does not require a full-time attorney and the executive director approves such part-time employment;
(6) “Assistant public defender”: A staff attorney providing direct representation to eligible clients whose salary and status as a full-time or part-time employee are fixed by the board of directors of the public defender corporation;
(7) “Public defender corporation”: A corporation created under §29-21-8 of this code for the sole purpose of providing legal representation to eligible clients; and
(8) “Public defender office”: An office operated by a public defender corporation to provide legal representation under the provisions of this article.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to authorize the payment of fees and reimbursement of expenses of attorneys who participate on court teams or advisory bodies of specialty courts established by the Supreme Court of Appeals.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from a heading or the present law and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.