Barbour County, WV Prosecuting Attorney

Every four years, the citizens of Barbour County elect a prosecuting attorney. This position is full-time, and outside employment prohibited. The prosecuting attorney is the chief legal officer of the county, with responsibility in both criminal and civil cases. In criminal cases, the prosecuting attorney assists in the investigation of all crimes and other law violations in the county.

The prosecuting attorney may also be called upon to assist the state attorney general in state legal actions within the county. The prosecuting attorney’s office must be kept open during elections and be available to advise election officials or answer questions from the public. Other duties and responsibilities include:

  • The prosecution of all crimes, both misdemeanors and felonies, within the county
  • Request that warrants be issued for persons charged with felonies
  • Try cases before magistrate and circuit judges
  • Present information to the Grand Jury for indictment of persons in connection with criminal activity
  • Represent the Department of Health & Human Resources in child abuse and neglect cases
  • Represent the State in juvenile delinquency cases
  • Appoint and supervise assistant prosecuting attorneys
  • Prepare contracts and other documents for the county
  • File civil suits for county commission & county agencies and defend county commission & county agencies against civil actions
  • Serve as special prosecutors as appointed by the Prosecuting Attorneys Institute