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Bond Information

Bond Information

BONDING AGENTS: All bonding agents are now licensed through the Office of Insurance Commission (OIC) starting July 1, 2022. WV Code Section 51-10-8 as enacted in HB 2758 (2021). Further information is available below.

WV Insurance Commission Bonding Agents

WV Supreme Court Guidance on Bonding Agent Registration

Insurance Commission Regulations for Bonding Agents

CORPORATE SURETY: A bonding company posts your bond for you to guarantee your attendance at court hearings. Bondsmen are subject to local rules for registration as outlined in the local rules below.

JUSTIFICATION OF SURETY: Property is put up for your bond. A Justification of Surety is obtained on your property from the County Clerk (2nd Floor, Room 205) and the lien encumbrance to date is noted, this reduces the amount of the proposed justification to post on your bond. The property used will now have a lien encumbrance filed against it to guarantee your attendance at court hearings. If you do not appear for court, the State may file a forfeiture proceeding and the property could be lost by you or your family member that posted their property for your bond.

PERSONAL RECOGNIZANCE (P/R): The Court believes you are a good risk to show up for all court appearances (usually holding a job and family located in County). Your signature is the requirement to post your bond.

CASH ONLY: Usually with a cash-only bond, the full amount of the bond must be posted with the Circuit Clerk for release from jail. The cash-only bond is usually imposed for a more severe type case of felony charges.


Additional Conditions of Bond:

        * Home confinement (with or without GPS monitoring)
        * Partial bond and home confinement
        * Day report center
        * Stay away from location (schools) or victim in case 




Additional Court Information

Circuit Clerk of Ohio County
Brenda L. Miller, Clerk

1500 Chapline Street
4th Floor
Wheeling, WV 26003
 Phone: 304-234-3611 (Front office)
304-234-3613 (File room)
304-232-0550 (Fax)
304-234-3790 (Jury Duty)

The Circuit Clerk's office accepts VISA, Mastercard, Discover or debit cards. Please keep in mind the Circuit Clerk's office cannot provide legal advice. We are not licensed attorneys. If you would like to know an attorney in your area that specializes in your type of case, the West Virginia State Bar referral service is available at (304) 558-7991 or on the web at

If you are unable to obtain counsel and have legal questions, you can call the state bar help line at 800-642-3617 on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at no charge or go to website

The Ohio County Circuit Clerk's office is open Monday through Friday from 8.30 am to 5.00 pm.

Main Office Deputies: Phone: (304) 234-3611
New case filings, open case filings, payment of fees & fines, passports
Jury Duty & Mental Health Deputy: Phone: 304-234-3790
File Room Deputies: Phone: 304-234-3613
Copies of orders, file review, passports, guardianships
Jury Report Phone line (Recorder) 304-234-3612

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