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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 assists 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 Training

The Certification Training is provided throughout the year in Richmond and Salem:


Richmond: Virginia Indigent Defense Commission Salem: Roanoke County Courthouse Law Library
1604 Santa Rosa Road, Suite 200 305 East Main Street, 1st Floor
Richmond, VA 23229 Salem, VA 24153


The 2016 Certification Training schedule and agenda are provided below:

2016 Certification Training Schedule

Certification Training Agenda


Registration Form

February 18-19, 2016 Initial Certification Training Registration Form (Richmond/Salem)


March 17-18, 2016 Initial Certification Training Registration Form (Richmond)

April 14-15, 2015 Initial Certification Training Registration From (Richmond)


March 17-18, 2016 Initial Certification Training Registration Form (Salem)

April 14-15, 2015 Initial Certification Training Registration From (Salem)

Certification Requirements

For certification requirements, please click on link below.

Certification Requirements

Lists of MCLE and VIDC approved courses for re-certification are provided below

2016 Available Courses

Online Only Available Courses

2014-2015 Course Reference Guide


VIDC Capital Certification Trainings

The new qualification standards for capital defense will become effective September 1, 2015. Initial capital certification training for defense attorneys wishing to be eligible for appointment in capital cases under the new standards must complete both days of this certification training. This training is free of charge and 10 CLE credits are expected.

Initial Capital Certification Training

Video Replay for Initial Capital Certification Training

Date: April 11-12, 2016 Salem, VA Only

305 E. Main Street, 1st Floor, Salem, VA 24153

Date: August 11-12, 2016 Richmond, VA Only

1604 Santa Rosa Road, Suite 200, Richmond, VA 23229

**Registration and Times will be available in early 2016.**


Waiver of Initial Capital Certification Training Application

VIDC Sponsored Training


Late Day Lectures

Other Non-VIDC Sponsored Training

12th Annual Indigent Criminal Defense Conference

Please note that this conference will be held on THURSDAY May 5, 2016. (Previous conferences were held on Fridays.)

For further training information, please contact:

Virginia Indigent Defense Commission at

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