DEDICATED to protecting and defending the rights and dignity of our clients through zealous, compassionate, high quality legal advocacy.
Office of the Public Defender
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.
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
Standards of Practice for Indigent Defense Counsel
Certified court-appointed attorneys must comply with the Standards of Practice for Indigent Defense Counsel. The Standards give meaning to the Sixth Amendment Right to Counsel and further the overall goal of zealous and high-quality legal representation for each and every client.
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