Court-Appointed Counsel Certification expires after two (2) years. Virginia Indigent Defense Commission (VIDC) approved MCLE courses completed within the past two (2) years can be used towards Re-Certification. Attorneys must complete a Re-Certification Application to become re-certified.
- Misdemeanor & Felony requires 6 hours of approved CLE credit
- Juvenile requires the previously mentioned 6 hours + 4 hours of approved CLE on representing juveniles (10 hours total)
*NOTICE: An amendment to § 19.2-163.03 was approved April 7, 2021 increasing the CLE hour requirement for initial and renewed Court-Appointed Counsel Certification.
Effective July 1, 2021: The number of Misdemeanor/Felony MCLE-approved continuing legal education hours required for initial and renewed Court-Appointed Counsel Certification will increase from six (6) hours to eight (8) hours, two (2) of which shall cover the representation of individuals with behavioral or mental health disorders and individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities as defined in § 37.2-100.
Approved CLE CoursesClick the buttons below for a list of eligible coursesBefore you Begin: Check your CLE records against our Previously Approved Course List list to see if you have already attended any eligible courses.
CLE Reporting Note
VIDC is a separate entity from the Virginia State Bar and does NOT have access to attorney CLE records. Therefore, it is the certified attorney's responsibility to submit completed courses via a re-certification application.