Court-Appointed Counsel Re-Certification

Court-appointed counsel certification expires after two (2) years.  Virginia Indigent Defense Commission (VIDC) approved MCLE courses completed within the past two (2) years shall be used towards Re-Certification. Attorneys may report their CLE hours to the commission by completing and submitting a Re-Certification Application.

Re-Certification Requirement Overview

Please see Code of Virginia § 19.2-163.03. Qualifications for court-appointed counsel for a full explanation of requirements.

Misdemeanor / Felony

Requires 8.0 hours of VIDC approved CLE credit completed within the past 2 years.

Two (2.0) of the hours 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.

Juvenile & Domestic Relations

Requires the previously mentioned 8.0 hours + 4.0 hours of VIDC approved CLE on representing juveniles, (12.0 hours total) completed within the past 2 years.


VIDC Approved CLE Courses

Please see the Approved Course List to check if you have already completed an eligible course in the past two (2) years.  Compare these approved courses to your MCLE records available on from the Virginia State Bar.Below are some frequently used courses for court-appointed counsel re-certification.
VIDC Webcast Series - Free LIVE CLE for Certified Counsel
VIDC Webcast Series lectures are eligible for VIDC re-certification credit and offer live CLE credit through the Virginia State Bar. Registration details are emailed to all certified counsel and Public Defender Offices.  View our Training Calendar for more details.  *If you have not received these communications, please check your spam folder or confirm that your email is up-to-date in our Attorney Certification System (ACeS).  If you need to update your contact information, please contact
VIDC Video Replay Library - Free OnDemand Re-certification Credits
VIDC Webcasts are recorded and made available in our Video Replay Library.  Videos in the replay library are for VIDC Re-certification purposes ONLY.  They do NOT offer CLE credit.  Please visit the VIDC Video Replay Library on the Attorney Resources section of our website.
  • NOTE: This is a password protected section of our website. Password information is emailed to all certified counsel upon initial certification and continuously offered within event registration emails sent from  *If you have not received these communications, please check your spam folder or confirm that your email is up-to-date in our Attorney Certification System (ACeS).  If you need to update your contact information, please contact
Other Eligible CLE - Free & Discounted
Leroy Rountree Hassell, Sr. Indigent Criminal Defense Seminar Introduction to Sentencing Guidelines
  • Presented by the Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission
  • See also, Fee Waiver Application (for Court Appointed Attorneys)
Other Eligible CLE - Popular Criminal Defense Trainings
Other Eligible CLE - Virginia CLE Courses
Virginia CLE®

Virginia CLE® is the educational arm of the Virginia Law Foundation, which is an independent, IRS 501(c)3 charitable organization. They are the leading provider of continuing education to the Virginia legal community.  A dedicated listing of VIDC Re-certification eligible courses is offered on their website.  See all approved courses at – VIDC Re-certification Page

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

Calendar of Upcoming Eligible Courses

Standards of Practice for Indigent Defense Counsel

The Standards of Practice for Indigent Defense Counsel are legislatively mandated under Code of Virginia § 19.2-163.01(A)(4).

These Standards should not serve as a benchmark for ineffective assistance of counsel claims or attorney discipline hearings. Rather, they should serve as standards of practice for court-appointed counsel and public defenders providing indigent defense in Virginia. Failure to comply with these Standards can result in the removal of the non-compliant attorney from the list of counsel certified for court-appointed representation.


Compensation of Court-Appointed Counsel

The Virginia Indigent Defense Commission does NOT manage private court-appointed counsel compensation. Per Code of Virginia § 19.2-163. Compensation of court-appointed counsel, counsel appointed to represent an indigent client accused in a criminal case shall be compensated for services on an hourly basis at a rate set by the Supreme Court of Virginia in a total amount not to exceed the amounts specified in the code.  

NOTE: There was a change in statute effective July 1, 2023 requiring a written explanation for waiver denials.

See also, resources from the Supreme Court of Virginia for Court-Appointed Counsel:

CLE Reporting Note

The Virginia Indigent Defense Commission (VIDC) is a separate entity from the Virginia State Bar and does NOT have access to attorney CLE records.  Therefore, it is the responsibility of certified counsel to submit completed courses via a re-certification application.