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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.

2015 Certification Training Schedule

Certification Training Agenda

Registration Form

September 24-25, 2015 Initial Certification Training Registration Form (Richmond)

September 24-25, 2015 Initial Certification Trianing Registration Form (Roanoke)

October 22-23, 2015 Initial Certification Training Registration Form (Richmond)

October 22-23, 2015 Initial Certification Training Registration Form (Roanoke)

November 20-21, 2015 Initial Certification Trianing Registration Form (Richmond)

November 20-21, 2015 Initial Certification Training Registration Form (Roanoke)

December 17-18, 2015 Initial Certification Training Registration From (Roanoke)

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.

2015 Live/Video Courses

Online Only Available Courses

2013-2014 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.

Waiver of Initial Capital Certification Training Application

Initial Capital Certification Training

Video Replay for Initial Capital Certification Training

Date and Times: September 10, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and September 11, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Virginia Indigent Defense Commission, 1604 Santa Rosa Rd., Suite 200, Richmond, VA 23229

Click here to register.


VIDC Sponsored Training

2015 Appellate Conference in Chesapeake, VA

Late Day Lectures

Other Non-VIDC Sponsored Training

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 Amy Williams.
A list of available DVDs can be found here.

For further information, please contact:

Human Resources and Training Director: Amy L. Williams

Standards of Practice Enforcement: Jae K. Davenport

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