Prosecuting Attorney

Summers County Prosecuting Attorney

Kristin R. Cook

Prosecuting Attorney Employees

  • Kristin Cook, Prosecuting Attorney
  • Chris Lefler, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
  • April Gravely, Legal Secretary
  • Melissa Harvey, Legal Secretary

Prosecuting Attorney Information

Monday - Friday 8:30AM - 4:30PM
Summers County Courthouse
120 Ballengee Street, Suite 103
Hinton, WV 25951
(304) 466-7110
(304) 466-7145 fax

Summers County Prosecuting Attorney Duties

The prosecuting attorney is the chief legal officer of the county.  They have areas of 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.  In civil cases, the prosecuting attorney acts as legal advisor to the County Commission and other elected officials.  They 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.
  • Requests that warrants are 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 and 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 in civil actions.

Serve as special prosecutors as appointed by the Prosecuting Attorneys Institute.