The Virginia Indigent Defense Commission's response to COVID-19:

The VIDC is committed to protecting our employees and clients. With this goal, we have instructed all of our offices to stop in-person office meetings and instead do telephone interviews and meetings as clients, their families, and others are able. We have also instructed our offices to find a staffing rotation that significantly reduces the number of people in the office at any time. Should any member of our staff in any office test positive for COVID-19, we will immediately close the office and all staff will work from home. Additionally, all Public Defender offices and private court-appointed attorneys are advised to reach out to the court and prosecutors to work toward release, as many of our clients who are incarcerated are not safe in detention facilities should the virus enter the facility.

Advice for those providing indigent defense on how to help our clients can be found on this website: https://thejusticecollaborative.com/covid19/

DEDICATED to protecting and defending the rights and dignity of our clients through zealous, compassionate, high quality legal advocacy.

Trainings

Code of Virginia §19.2-163.03, requires an attorney seeking to represent an indigent person accused in criminal cases, in addition to being a member in good standing of the Virginia State Bar, to satisfy the training and experience requirements to be eligible for certification.

Standards Of Practice

The Standards give meaning to the Sixth Amendment right to counsel and further the overall goal of zealous and high quality legal representation for each and every client.

Statutory Authority
Virginia Code §§ 19.2-163.01 and 19.2-163.8 require the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission, and for capital defense counsel, the Supreme Court of Virginia, to compile and maintain a list of attorneys qualified to represent accused persons who are in need of criminal indigent defense services.
Careers

The Virginia Indigent Defense Commission is committed to equal employment opportunity for all persons on the basis of merit and the bonafide occupational requirements of the positions allocated, including knowledge, skills and ability.

Get Home Safely: 10 Rules of Survival

“[I]n our adversary system of criminal justice, any person haled into court, who is too poor to hire a lawyer, cannot be assured a fair trial unless counsel is provided for him. This seems to us to be an obvious truth . . . .” Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335, 344 (1963).

“[I]n our adversary system of criminal justice, any person haled into court, who is too poor to hire a lawyer, cannot be assured a fair trial unless counsel is provided for him. This seems to us to be an obvious truth . . . .” Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335, 344 (1963).