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 three years) are eligible to register for the Oral Exam.

Spring Registration:

  • Orientation and Written Exam: Registration dates and locations are generally posted on this website during the month of February or March (class/exam is generally given in March or April)
  • Oral Exam: Registration dates and locations are generally posted on this website during the month of May or June (class/exam is generally given in June or July) - REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

Fall Registration.

  • Orientation and Written Exam: Registration dates and locations are generally posted on this website during the month of August or September (class/exam is generally given in September or October)
  • Oral Exam: Registration dates and locations are generally posted on this website during the month of November or December (exam is generally given in December or January)

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

To Register:
Registration for the Spring 2017 Oral Exam is now OPEN.  Please click on the following link to submit your registration:

A 1-hour slot will be assigned to each candidate to complete the exam individually. After your registration is accepted, you will receive an email with payment instructions and your assigned date and time.

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

Locations for the Oral Exam:
Once you have successfully registered, you will receive an email with payment instructions.  Please do not send any payment until you receive confirmation of registration.

Richmond - CLOSED

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

Oral Exam: Languages - Arabic, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese

N/A

N/A

Fairfax

Fairfax County Courthouse
4110 Chainbridge Rd.
Fairfax Public Law LibraryRoom 115
Fairfax, VA 22030

Oral Exam: Languages - Arabic, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese

06/13/17
06/14/17

9:00am-4:00pm

Fees:

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

Note:  Fees are subject to change without notice.  There are NO refunds given to those who register and do not attend the class or exam.  The Supreme Court of Virginia will not reimburse your travel, parking, meal or lodging expenses.

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

For questions regarding certification, please email languages@vacourts.gov