DEDICATED to protecting and defending the rights and dignity of our clients through zealous, compassionate, high quality legal advocacy.

Certification Training

Code of Virginia §19.2-163.03, requires an attorney seeking to represent an indigent person accused in criminal cases, in addition to being a member in good standing of the Virginia State Bar, to satisfy the training and experience requirements to be eligible for Certification.

Standards Of Practice

Court-appointed counsel and public defenders must comply with the Standards and Rules of Professional Conduct.  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.

Statutory Authority
Virginia Code §§ 19.2-163.01 and 19.2-163.8 require the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission, and for capital defense counsel, the Supreme Court of Virginia, to compile and maintain a list of attorneys qualified to represent accused persons who are in need of criminal indigent defense services.

The Virginia Indigent Defense Commission is committed to equal employment opportunity for all persons on the basis of merit and the bonafide occupational requirements of the positions allocated, including knowledge, skills and ability.

“[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)