Court-Appointed Attorney Certification
In accordance with § 19.2-163.01, the VIDC has developed mandatory Initial Certification training courses for employed public defenders as well as private attorneys who wish to begin serving as court-appointed counsel.
The goal of attorney certification is to provide the most vulnerable clients, who cannot afford to hire an attorney of their choosing, high-quality representation.
In addition to the mandatory Initial Certification training, attorneys must be an active member of the Virginia State bar. Furthermore, for felony and juvenile representation, an attorney must be able to demonstrate their previous participation as either lead counsel or co-counsel in four cases from their beginning through to their final resolution, including any appeals.
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