Virginia's Judicial System


Program Information and Registration

Program Information
Orientation: The 2-day orientation class open to all languages will familiarize you with the Virginia Judicial System and Courtroom protocol. This class is not intended to prepare you for the written exam. The materials provided at the orientation class are given as a source of general information.

Written Exam: It is an intermediate level exam and requires months of extensive self-preparation. It is only given for candidates seeking certification in the following languages: Arabic, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese. The written exam may only be taken one time within 12-months.

Oral Exam: It is open to those currently enrolled for certification in Arabic, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese who have successfully completed the Written Exam and Orientation Training within the past 3-years. The oral exam may only be taken one time within 12-months.

Registration
Registration for the spring/fall cycle is the first stage of the certification process and is required. It is subject to space availability.

Spring Registration:

  • Orientation and Written Exam: mid-March (class/exam in March)
  • Oral Exam: registration May (exam in May/June)

Fall Registration:

  • Orientation and Written Exam: mid-August (class/exam in September/October)
  • Oral Exam: mid-November (exam in November/December)

To Register: Registration for the oral exam is open. Send your registration email to certinterpreters@courts.state.va.us with the following information:

Subject Line:

  • Registration for: (indicate the Language you are registering for)

Body of Email:

  • Registering for: Oral Exam, Fall 2014
  • Location: (choose from 2 current locations with respective dates)
  • Name: (full name as it appears in any legal document. I.e.: Last Name, Given Names)
  • Address:
  • Phone Number: (state whether cell or home)
  • Email Address:
  • Emergency Contact Information: (name and number of person that will be notified in case of an emergency)

If a certification course is not offered in your language, then only register for orientation. Payment information and procedure for providing your SSN (required by the National Center for State Courts) will be sent by email to you if there is space for your registration.

Locations for the Oral Exam:
Space is limited. Once you register for the exam, you will receive an email with the payment instructions. Please do not send any payments until you receive confirmation of registration. The oral exam is given on one individual at a time basis. An hour is allotted for each exam. While you may select the date of your exam, the time of the exam will be assigned by the exam coordinators.

Richmond

Supreme Court Building
100 N. 9th St.
Richmond, VA 23219
Virginia Room, 6th Floor

Oral Exam: Languages - Arabic, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese 11/20/144
CLOSED
9:00am-4:00pm
Fairfax
Fairfax Judicial Center
4110 Chain Bridge Rd.
Fairfax, VA, 22030
JDR Administration
Room 201
Oral Exam: Languages - Arabic, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese 11/20/14
CLOSED
9:00am-4:00pm
Fairfax Judicial Center
4110 Chain Bridge Rd.
Fairfax, VA, 22030
JDR Administration
Room 201
Oral Exam: Languages - Arabic, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese 11/21/14 9:00am-4:00pm

Fees:
Orientation: All Languages $200.00

Written Exam: Arabic, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese $100.00

Oral Exam: Arabic, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese $150.00

Note: There are NO refunds or credit given to those who register and do not attend the class and/or exam. The Supreme Court of Virginia will not reimburse your travel expenses.

Skills-Building Workshop
There are no workshops at this time.