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: 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. You may only take the oral exam once every 12-months.

Registration for the spring/fall cycle is the first stage of the certification process and is required. It is subject to space availability.
Registration opens in mid-February (spring cycle) and mid-August (fall cycle)

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 is currently closed.

Subject Line:

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

Body of Email:

  • Registering for: Orientation and/or Written Exam Spring 2014
  • Location: (choose from available locations, within respecitve 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 Written 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.

Richmond (Closed)

Supreme Court Building
100 N. 9th St.
Richmond, VA 23219
Courts Conference Center
6th Floor

Oral Exam 5/23/14 9am-3pm
5/30/14 9am-3pm
Roanoke (Closed)
Roanoke Police Academy
5401-B Barns Ave
Roanoke, VA 24019
Oral Exam 5/29/14 10am-3pm
Arlington (Closed)
Arlington Courthouse
1425 N. Courthouse Rd.
Arlington, VA.22201
Oral Exam 06/19/14 9am-4pm
06/20/14 9am-4pm

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.