The constitutionally mandated purpose of West Virginia Public Defender Services is to provide "legal representation to those who face an economic barrier to adequate legal counsel." W. Va. Code §29-21-1. Furthermore, the Legislature found, in 1981, that the state is required to provide "high quality legal assistance to indigent persons" and that doing so "reaffirms the faith of our citizens in our government of laws." Id. Local Public Defender offices and Court appointed private attorneys provide representation in trial courts, and often are asked to prosecute appeals. The Appellate Division of West Virginia Public Defender Services is authorized by the statute to ensure that indigent persons have proper representation in the Supreme Court of Appeals. See W. Va. Code §29-21-6(e).
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