Virginia's Judicial System


Program Information and Registration

Program Information
Orientation: The 1 ½ 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 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 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 three years) are eligible to register for the Oral Exam.

Spring Registration: (Currently closed)

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

Fall Registration:

  • Orientation and Written Exam: Registration begins on August, 20 2015. Any request received before this date will not be processed.
  • Oral Exam: Registration in November (exam in November/December)

To Register: Registration for Orientation and Written Exam will open on August 20. Any request received before this date will not be processed.
Alert! Registration for the Oral exam is currently closed.

Registration takes place on a first come first serve basis and sessions may fill up quickly.

When registering, please indicate the session for which you intend to register. This may include Orientation only or Orientation and Written Exam. It is not possible to register only for the Written Exam unless you have already participated in the Orientation within the last 3 years.

Send your registration email to certinterpreters@courts.state.va.us with the following information:

Subject Line:

  • Registration Fall 2015

Body of Email:

  • Registering for (select one): Orientation, Orientation AND Written Exam or Written Exam
  • Location:
  • Language:
  • Name: (full name as it appears in any legal document. I.e.: Last Name, Given Names)
  • Address:
  • Phone Number:
  • Email Address:
  • Emergency Contact Name:
  • Emergency Contact Number:

An email will be sent to you with instructions for payment. If there are no more seats available, we will let you know as well.

Space is limited. Registrations will be made on a first-come, first-served basis.

Locations for the Orientation/Written Exam:
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
Supreme Court Building
100 N. 9th St.
Richmond, VA 23219
Courts Conference
Center,
6th Floor
Orientation: All Languages 2-day Session


10/5/15 8:30am-5:00pm
10/6/15 8:30am-12:00pm
Written Exam: Written Exam: Languages - Arabic, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese 10/6/15 1:00pm-5:00pm
Fairfax (Closed)
Fairfax County Courthouse
4110 Chain-Bridge Rd.
Fairfax, VA 22030
Orientation: All Languages 2-day Session 9/28/15 8:30am-5:00pm
9/29/15 8:00am-12:00pm
Written Exam: Languages - Arabic, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese 9/29/15 1:00pm-5:00pm
Harrisonburg /Rockingham
Harrisonburg/Rockingham Rockingham County Administration Building
Parks & Recreation Office
20 E. Gay Street,
Harrisonburg, VA 22802
Orientation: All Languages 2-day Session 10/21/15 8:30am-4:30pm
10/22/15 8:30am-12:00pm
Written Exam: Languages - Arabic, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese 10/22/15 1:00pm-4:30pm

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.