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Introduction to Sentencing Guidelines ($125) Approved for 6 CLE and VIDC Re-certification

Learn to Score Guidelines Accurately Approved for 6 CLE credits The Introduction Seminars are designed for the attorney or criminal justice professional who is new to Virginia's sentencing guidelines. The seminar will begin with general background information on scoring each of the guidelines factors. Participants will be given the opportunity to do hands-on exercises utilizing the assistance of fellow participants and course instructors. Download registration form below and make check payable to Treasurer of Virginia.

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Fees waived for Commonwealth's Attorneys, Public Defenders, Probation and Parole Staff

On a limited basis and subject to the availability of funds, the Sentencing Commission may waive fees for private attorneys. If you would like to request a fee waiver, you must complete and submit the application below. 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).

Esther J. Windmueller Fee Waiver Application Form

The 24th Edition Sentencing Guidelines Manual is required for all seminars.


Sentencing Guidelines Seminars
Approved for 6 CLE Credit

introduction to sentencing guidelines seminars $125
6 CLE Approved VIDC Re-certification approved





Richmond May 18 Richmond Police Training Academy 9:30 - 5:00
Fairfax May 26 Fairfax County Criminal Justice Training Academy 9:30 - 5:00
Dublin June 22 New River Community College 9:30 - 5:00

FoCUS ON Probation VIOLATION guidelines only $60
3 CLE PENdiNG Approved VIDC Re-certification approved





Richmond May 19 Richmond Police Training Academy 9:30 - 12:30
Fairfax May 27 Fairfax County Criminal Justice Training Academy 9:30 - 12:30
Dublin June 23 New River Community College FULL
Verona July 17 Augusta County Government Center 9:00 - 1:00
Verona July 17 Augusta County Government Center 1:00 - 4:00
The documents listed below are in .pdf and .pdf Fill-In format.
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Sentencing Guidelines Manual
Shipping and tax included

  • Introduction to Sentencing Guidelines Seminar — $125
  • focus on probation violation Guidelines only — $60
  • Update from 23rd Edition - $40
  • Update from 22nd edition or earlier— $100
  • Complete manual (24th Ed.) (binder, tabs, and complete update) — $160


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Commonwealth Attorneys, Public Defenders and Probation Officers: No Cost

Download the Manual Order Form
(.pdf document, requires Acrobat Reader


Significant Changes to Virginia’s Sentencing Guidelines
Effective July 1, 2021

CLICK HERE for the official newsletter of the Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission

NEW Probation Violation Guidelines

Probation Legislation Summary

Higher Rates of Earned Sentence Credits for Nonviolent Felons

Sentencing Guidelines Case Details Worksheet

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CLICK here for What's New in the 2020/2021 Guidelines Video

What's New Seminar Video

The focus of the seminar will be on the impact of
recent legislation on Sentencing Guidelines and Virginia’s penalty structures, the incorporation of statutory requirements into the revised Probation Violation Guidelines and instructions on completing the required Case Details Worksheet. This seminar is designed for those familiar with Virginia’s Sentencing Guidelines.


Password for video Sentencing2021

Click video in the lower right corner (Sentencing Comm)


The Commission has a Training Division headed by Jody Fridley. He and his staff are available to conduct training seminars at our office in Richmond or on location.

Seminars can cover everything from a basic overview of the sentencing guidelines to specific areas of interest or concern.

Contact the Training Division by phone at 804.225.4567 or by e-mail:

Text your question to the Commission

Text us at 804.393.9588

The Commission is very pleased to announce our new text inquiry service. This development means that you can contact us from anywhere - just text 804.393.9588 and we'll reply as soon as possible. For an immediate answer, always call the hotline at 804.225.4398.

The text inquiry service will be available for the same period as our hotline service 7:45 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday. You can send us texts outside of these hours and we will respond as soon as possible. In some cases, it may be the next business day.