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:
Spring 2017 Orientation and Written Exam Registration IS NOW OPEN.

  • 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.

  • Orientation and Written Exam: Registration in August/September (class/exam in September/October/November)
  • Oral Exam: Registration in May/June (exam in May/June/July)

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

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

If certification is not offered in your language, you may register only for orientation.  Payment information will be sent to you by email if there is space for your registration.

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

Locations for the Oral 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 CLOSED/FULL
Supreme Court Building
100 N. 9th St.
Richmond, VA 23219
Courts Conference
Center, 6th Floor
Orientation: All Languages
2-Day Session
3/23/17 8:30am-4:30pm
3/24/17 8:30am-12:00pm
Written: Written Exam: Languages - Arabic, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese 3/24/17 1:00pm-4:30pm
Fairfax - CLOSED/FULL
Fairfax County Courthouse
4110 Chainbridge Rd.
Room 201
Fairfax, VA 22030
Orientation: All Languages
2-Day Session
4/5/17 8:30am-4:30pm
4/6/17 8:30am-12:00pm
Written: Written Exam: Languages - Arabic, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese 4/6/17 1:00pm-4:30pm
Virginia Beach- CLOSED/FULL
Virginia Beach Courts
2425 Nimmo Parkway, Building 10
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
Orientation:All Languages
2-Day Session
4/11/17 9:00am-5:00pm
4/12/17 9:00am-12:30pm
Written: Written Exam: Languages - Arabic, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese 4/12/17 1:30pm-5:00pm
Roanoke/City of Salem

City of Salem Police Dept.
36 East Calhoun St
Salem, VA 24153

Orientation:All Languages
2-Day Session
4/27/17 9:00am-5:00pm
4/28/17 9:00am-12:30pm
Written: Written Exam: Languages - Arabic, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese 4/28/17 1:30pm-5:00pm

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 languages@vacourts.gov