Attorney 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 can be used towards Re-Certification. Attorneys must complete a Re-Certification Application to become re-certified.

Re-Certification Requirements

  • 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)

See Statutory Authority or Frequently Asked Questions for more details

*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 Courses

Click 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.
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)
  • 6/16/21Considerations for Representing Non-Neurotypical Defendants: An Introduction to §19.2-271.6 (3 – 4 pm)
  • 8/19/212021 Immigration Update (2 – 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

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

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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.