Attorney Re-Certification

Attorney Certification for each case type expires after 2 years.  Upcoming expiration notices are sent via email to the attorney contact information on-file with the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission.  It is the responsibility of the certified attorney to keep all requested contact information up-to-date.  The attorney's name, firm name, address and phone number will also appear on the Certified Court-Appointed Counsel list provided for court-appointments. (Note: Attorney emails are NOT made public on this list.)

Any VIDC approved courses completed within the past 2 years can be used towards Re-Certification.  Attorneys must complete a Re-Certification Application in order to renew each desired case type.  Further details are provided below.


Misdemeanor & Felony Re-Certification

  • Requires 6 hours of approved CLE credit

Juvenile Re-Certification

  • Requires the previously mentioned 6 hours + 4 hours of approved CLE on representing juveniles (10 hours total)


*See Statutory Authority or Frequently Asked Questions for more details or contact the Certification Department at or (804) 662-7249 ext. 1

2021 Approved Re-Certification CLE

Check your CLE records against our Previously Approved Course List list to see if you have already attended any eligible courses.

CLE Sponsors:  If you are interested in submitting a CLE course for VIDC re-certification credit approval, please contact the Certification Department at
VIDC Free Live CLE Training
VIDC 2021 Webcast Series:

CLE Type:  Live Online via Zoom

Re-certification Type: Various

Eligibility: Open to certified court-appointed attorneys ONLY

Cost: Free

Registration: Details are emailed to applicable certified court-appointed attorneys. Please be sure your email is up-to-date in our Attorney Certification System (ACeS)

  • 1/21/21Effectively Using Virginia’s New ex parte Expert Process (3 – 4 pm)
  • 3/11/21Junk Science: How to Defend an Arson Case (2:30 – 4 pm)
  • 3/24/21Suppression: Roadblocks, K-9 Delays, PBTs, & Calibration (3 – 4 pm)
  • 4/7/21COVID-19 and Incarceration (2:30 – 4:00 pm)
  • 4/8/21Trial Strategy in a Post-2020 World (2 – 4 pm)
  • 4/14/21The Role of Defense Counsel in Specialty Courts & Dockets (3 – 4 pm)
  • 4/15/21Bodily Injury (2:30 – 4 pm)
  • 4/21/21Virginia DJJ Standardized Disposition Matrix (3 – 4 pm)
  • 5/6/21Medical Records Revealed (2:30 – 4 pm)
  • 5/20/21Alleged Injuries (2:30 – 4 pm)
  • 6/3/21Assignments of Error (3 – 4 pm)
  • 6/9/21Experts 101: The Who, What & How of Medical Experts (2:30 – 4 pm)
We’re always adding courses — be sure to check back again soon
VIDC OnDemand Training Library
VIDC Webcasts are available for replay in our OnDemand Training Library.  Please note these videos are for VIDC Re-certification purposes ONLY and they do NOT offer CLE credit.This library is password protected.  The generic password is emailed to all certified court-appointed attorneys on an annual basis.  Please check your emails prior to contacting the Certification Department for the login credentials.View OnDemand Training Library
Free & Discounted Non-VIDC Hosted Training
Defining the School to Prison Pipeline

Date: March 12, 2021

Sponsor:  University of Richmond Public Interest Law Review

Re-certification Type: Juvenile

Cost: Free

Training Information/ Registration

Leroy Rountree Hassell, Sr. Indigent Criminal Defense Seminar

Date: May 7, 2021

Sponsor:  Virginia State Bar/ Supreme Court of Virginia

Re-certification Type: Misdemeanor/Felony

Cost: Free

Training Information/ Registration

Perfecting and Preserving Criminal Appeals to the Court of Appeals of Virginia and the Supreme Court of Virginia

On-demand Online Seminar

Sponsor:  Virginia CLE

Re-certification Type: Misdemeanor/Felony

Cost: Free *with coupon code “VAAppeal” (normal price $149)

Training Information/ Registration

Introduction to Sentencing Guidelines

Date: Various dates & locations – check website linked below

Sponsor:  Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission

Re-certification Type: Misdemeanor/Felony

Training Information/ Registration

Fee Waiver Application (for Court Appointed Attorneys)

Popular Non-VIDC Hosted Training
Virginia CLE

We have partnered with Virginia CLE to offer a dedicated listing of VIDC Re-certification eligible courses offered on their website.  See approved courses at – VIDC Re-certification Page

51st Annual Criminal Law Seminar

Date: February 12, 2021

Sponsor: Virginia State Bar/ Virginia CLE

Re-certification Type: Misdemeanor/Felony

Training Information/ Registration

VACDL Spring Seminar

Date: May 14, 2021

Sponsor: Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (VACDL)

Re-certification Type: Misdemeanor/Felony

Training Information/ Registration

25th Annual Robert E. Shepherd Jr. Juvenile Law & Education Conference

Date: May 21, 2021

Sponsor:  University of Richmond/ Virginia Indigent Defense Commission

Re-certification Type: Juvenile

Training Information/ Registration

VACDL Annual Meeting & Fall CLE

Date: August 26 – 27, 2021

Sponsor:  Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (VACDL)

Re-certification Type: Misdemeanor/Felony

Training Information/ Registration

28th Annual Capital Defense Workshop

Date: TBD

Sponsor:  Virginia Bar Association

Re-certification Type: Misdemeanor/Felony, Capital

Training Information/ Registration

Upcoming Events

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.