The Prosecuting Attorney may also attend to civil suits in the county in which the State, or any department, commission or board thereof is interested. The Prosecuting Attorney may advise, attend to, bring, prosecute or defend, as the case may be, all matters, actions, suits and proceedings in which the county or the county board of education is interested.
When requested by the Attorney General the Prosecuting Attorney may perform or assist the Attorney General in performing any legal duties required to be performed by the Attorney General which are not inconsistent with the duties of the Prosecuting Attorney as the legal representative of the county.
The Prosecuting Attorney also represents the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources and petitioners in matters of child abuse or neglect and may advise and prosecute all matters, actions, suits, and proceedings involving child abuse or neglect. The Prosecuting Attorney also attends to matters involving juvenile delinquents and juvenile status offenders.
Other duties and responsibilities include:
The prosecution of all crimes, both misdemeanors and felonies, within the county
Request warrants to 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
Represent all elected county officials and county agencies
Prepare contracts and other documents for the county
File civil suits for county agencies and defend county agencies against civil actions
Serve as special prosecutors as appointed by the Prosecuting Attorneys Institute