Certification

Welcome to the VIDC Certification Page!


As of June 1, 2017, the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission (VIDC) Initial Certification Training will be a live training and ONLY attorneys who are Initially Certifying will be eligible to attend.

Attorneys already certified (even those who have expired) will no longer have the option to attend the Initial Certification Training. Please refer to the re-certification section for other available courses.

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Initial Certification

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 and must also satisfy the training and experience requirements to be eligible to apply for certification.

Initial Certification

Re-Certification

In order to remain on the certified counsel list, an attorney must re-certify every two years by completing criminal law related Continuing Legal Education courses (CLE) approved by the Mandatory-CLE Board and VIDC then submitting a completed re-certification form.

Re-Certification

Capital Defense Certification

Initial capital certification training for defense attorneys wishing to be eligible for appointment in capital cases under the new standards must complete both days of this certification training or submit a waiver application.

Capital Defense Certification

Standards of Practice

VIDC Standards of Practice

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FAQs

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

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For further information or questions, please contact

Virginia Indigent Defense Commission at certification@vadefenders.org