Training for Attorneys

The Department of Forensic Science will be offering a day-long (8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) training on DNA to criminal attorneys and judges in Virginia.  The course is designed to help attorneys and judges who use and evaluate DNA testing in their cases to have the background to understand the methods and practices of the discipline.

The training will be offered as follows:

  • Eastern Laboratory (Norfolk) – September 14, 2018
  • Western Laboratory (Roanoke) – October 12, 2018
  • Central Laboratory (Richmond) – November 2, 2018
  • Northern Laboratory (Manassas) – November 9, 2018

There will be no registration fee for this training, and no CLE credits will be offered.

Only twenty-five attorney applicants and five judges will be accepted to each training offered. To ensure consideration, applications must be submitted by June 22, 2018. Applicants will receive a confirmation email once their application has been received and will be notified by July 13, 2018, whether they have been accepted.

Draft DNA Training Curriculum

Application for prosecutors and private defense attorneys 

Public Defenders must apply through the Indigent Defense Commission (please contact Alison Powers at for more information).  Judges must apply through the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia (please contact Caroline Kirkpartrick at for a link to the judges’ application).