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A Section of the Virginia State Bar.

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October 26, 2015

Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission announces fee waiver program

In June 2015, the Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission approved a fee waiver program for attorneys who perform court-appointed work in the Commonwealth.  Through this one-year pilot program, attorneys providing court-appointed representation may qualify for a waiver of the fees the Commission charges private attorneys to attend a sentencing guidelines training seminar or to purchase a guidelines manual.  Attorneys who would like to request a fee waiver must submit an application.  Applications for fee waivers will be evaluated based on the percentage of the attorney's practice focusing on indigent defense cases and the financial need of the applicant (especially for new or solo practitioners).  Attorneys approved for a fee waiver will be able to attend guidelines training and/or receive a manual free of charge.  Applications will be accepted while funds designated for the pilot project remain.

Application for Fee Waiver (.pdf)

Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission Training website