DEDICATED to protecting and defending the rights and dignity of our clients through zealous, compassionate, high quality legal advocacy.
Public Defender Offices
The Virginia Indigent Defense Commission (VIDC) manages 28 Public Defender Offices and 2 satellite offices serving communities throughout Virginia. Each Public Defender Office handles trial and appellate cases and try cases in the General District, Juvenile, and Circuit Courts.
Certified Counsel List
Court-Appointed Counsel Certification
The multiple requirements that attorneys meet before being certified and eligible to accept court-appointed cases in Virginia is outlined in Code of Virginia §19.2-163.03. After completing the Initial Certification process, attorneys maintain eligibility every two (2) years by completing on-going continued legal education hour requirements.
Resources for Certified Counsel
Certified court-appointed attorneys have access to an online library of criminal defense resources. Additionally, free, live on-going legal education training opportunities are offered to all certified attorneys as well as all employees of the Office of the Public Defender.
Standards Of Practice
Certified court-appointed attorneys must comply with the Standards of Practice for Indigent Defense Counsel.
Commission Meetings & Members
We are committed to equal employment opportunity for all persons on the basis of merit and the bona fide occupational requirements of the positions allocated, including knowledge, skills and ability. We encourage and welcome qualified applicants of all identities, cultures, backgrounds, and experiences.
“[I]n our adversary system of criminal justice, any person haled into court, who is too poor to hire a lawyer, cannot be assured a fair trial unless counsel is provided for him. This seems to us to be an obvious truth . . . .”
Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335, 344 (1963)