Judicial Boards and Commissions

Board of Bar Examiners
Location:
2201 West Broad Street
Suite 101
Richmond, Virginia 23220
Code Reference:
§ 54.1-3919
Purpose:
The Virginia Board of Bar Examiners ("Board") is an agency of the Supreme Court of Virginia. In addition, its statutory authority is found in ' 54.1-3919 et seq. of the Code of Virginia. The Board is responsible for ascertaining the qualifications of applicants for admission to the Bar of Virginia and licensing those applicants who meet those requirements as established by the Supreme Court of Virginia, the Virginia General Assembly, and the Rules and Regulations issued by the Board.

Indigent Defense Commission
Location:
Indigent Defense Commission
1604 Santa Rosa Road
Suite 200
Richmond, Virginia 23229
Tel. (804) 662-7249
Code Reference:
§ 19.2-163.01
Purpose:
The Indigent Defense Commission (VIDC) provides criminal defense representation for indigent clients. There are 32 public defender/capital defender offices statewide and the agency also provides certification and training for court appointed attorneys.

Court of Appeals of Virginia
Location:
109 North Eighth Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219-2321
Tel. (804) 371-8428
Code Reference:
§ 17.1-400
Purpose:
The Court of Appeals of Virginia provides appellate review of final decisions of the circuit courts in domestic relations matters, appeals from decisions of an administrative agency, traffic infractions and criminal cases, except where a sentence of death has been imposed.

Circuit Courts
Code Reference:
§ 17.1-500
Purpose:
There is a circuit court in each city and county in Virginia. The circuit court is the trial court with the broadest powers in Virginia. The circuit court handles all civil cases with claims of more than $25,000. It shares authority with the general district court to hear matters involving claims between $4,500 and $25,000. The circuit court has the authority to hear serious criminal cases called felonies.The circuit court also handles family matters, including divorce. In addition, the circuit court hears cases appealed from the general district court and from the juvenile and domestic relations district court.
Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission
Location:
100 North 9th Street, 5th Floor
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Tel. (804) 225-4398
Code Reference:
§ 17.1-800
Purpose:
The Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission (VCSC) is charged with developing, implementing, and administering felony sentencing guidelines used in circuit courts throughout the Commonwealth.

Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission
Location:
Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission
Post Office Box 367
Richmond, Virginia 23218-0367
Tel. (804) 786-6636
Fax (804) 371-0650
Code Reference:
§ 17.1-901
Purpose:
The Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission (JIRC) was created by the Constitution of Virginia to investigate charges of judicial misconduct or serious mental or physical disability. The Commission has seven members consisting of three judges, two lawyers, and two citizens who are not lawyers.

Information accurate as of December 2021