Virginia's Judicial System


Program Information and Registration

Program Information
Orientation:The 2-day orientation class, which is 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 a source of general information.

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

Registration
The certification process begins by registering for the Orientation and Written Exam. Only candidates who have participated in the Orientation and passed the Written Exam (within the past 3-years) are eligible to register for the Oral Exam.

Spring Registration:

  • Orientation and Written Exam: Registration in February/March (class/exam in March/April/May)
  • Oral Exam: Registration in May/June (exam in May/June/July)

Fall Registration.
Fall 2016 Orientation and Written exam Registration is now closed.

  • Orientation and Written Exam: Registration in August/September (class/exam in September/October/November)
  • Oral Exam: Registration in November/December (exam in December/January/February)

Note: All dates are tentative and may be subject to change without prior notice.

To Register:
Registration for the Fall 2016 orientation and/or written exam is now closed.

Richmond CLOSED
Supreme Court Building
100 N. 9th St.
Richmond, VA 23219
Courts Conference
Center, 6th Floor
Orientation: All Languages
2-day Session
10/3/16 8:30 am-5:00pm
10/4/16 8:30am-12:00pm
Written Exam: Languages - Arabic, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese

 

10/4/16 1:00pm-5:00pm
Arlington CLOSED
Arlington Courthouse
1425 North Courthouse Road
Arlington, VA 22201
Ceremonial Courtroom, 11th Floor
Orientation: All Languages
2-day Session
10/6/16 8:30 am-4:30pm
10/7/16 8:30am-12:00pm
Written Exam: Languages - Arabic, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese

 

10/7/16 1:00pm-4:30pm
Winchester CLOSED
Winchester Judicial Center
5 N Kent St, Winchester, VA 22601
Orientation: All Languages
2-day Session
10/20/16 8:30 am-4:30pm
10/21/16 8:30am-12:00pm
Written Exam: Languages - Arabic, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese

 

10/21/16 1:00pm-4:30pm

Space is limited. Registration is subject to availability on a first-come, first-serve basis. Classes may fill up quickly. Sessions that are full will be removed from the application.

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.

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.

For questions regarding certification, please email certinterpreters@courts.state.va.us