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Virginia Indigent Defense Commission


VIDC Attorneys

The Commission provides training to its attorneys in a number of ways. Once a year, the Commission convenes a Public Defender Conference that provides six hours of training, including one hour of legal ethics. The Conference is held in Virginia and is staffed by high quality speakers and trainers who donate their time and expertise to improving the quality of Virginia’s indigent defense.

Support Staff

In order to assure the high quality of its non-attorney professional staff, the VIDC also sponsors training conferences for its office managers, investigators and sentencing advocates. Finally, the Commission provides funding each year for attorneys, investigators, and sentencing advocates to attend specialized training sponsored by agencies or organizations outside of the VIDC.

Private Bar

As a service to Virginia’s criminal defense bar, the VIDC also provides training opportunities for members of the private bar. The Commission co-sponsors with the University of Richmond’s T.C. Williams School of Law an annual Juvenile Law and Education Conference. Commission staff also assist the Criminal Law Section of the Virginia Bar Association with the planning of Virginia’s annual Capital Defense Workshop. The Chief Justice of the Supreme court of Virginia also offers at no cost advanced trial skills training for Virginia’s court appointed counsel. Finally, individual public defender offices sponsor training programs for office staff and members of local bar associations.

Training Programs and Conference Schedule

VIDC Certification Trainings

The certification training programs for 2014-15 are provided below.

2014 Certification Training Schedule

2015 Certification Training Schedule

Certification Training Agenda

Registration Form

Registration Form

Instructions: After downloading the registration form, there may be a yellow box at the top of the document stating "Protected View." If this box is present, click on the button "Enable Editing" so you can fill in the form. When filling in the form, under the heading "Select Date and Location," there are drop down boxes where the available dates will be listed. Click on "Choose an Item," then click the down arrow that appears next to the box and the dates of the training will appear. Click on the date you are requesting.

Certification Requirements

For an outline of certification requirements, please click on link below.

Certification Requirements

Lists of MCLE Approved Continuing Legal Education Programs certified by the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission for Maintaining Indigent Defense Certification, per Virginia Code §19.2163.03 (D) are available for downloading in PDF format.

2014 Live/Video Courses

Online Only Available Courses

2012-2013 Course Reference Guide

VIDC Sponsored Training

2015 Indigent Defense Appellate Conference
This conference will be held on January 30, 2015 at the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission at 1604 Santa Rosa Road, Suite 200, Richmond, VA.


Other Non-VIDC Sponsored Training

22nd Annual VBA Capital Defense Workshop, November 20-21, 2014, sponsored by the Virginia Bar Association.

DVD Requests

To request a copy of a DVD for viewing, please fill out the DVD Request form and return it to the VIDC attention Lori Hoover.
A list of available DVDs can be found here.


For further information, please contact:

Human Resources and Training Director: Amy L. Williams

Training Administrator: Lori Hoover

Standards of Practice Enforcement: Jae K. Davenport

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