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Introduction to Sentencing Guidelines ($125) Approved for 6 CLE

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.

Sentencing Guidelines Knowledge & Skills Evaluation (Including Ethics Issues) ($100) Approved for 5 CLE with 1 hour of Ethics

The evaluation course is designed for the experienced user of Virginia’s Sentencing Guidelines. Attendees will complete a knowledge and skills exercise that will determine the topics covered in this seminar. Attendees will participate in a discussion-oriented workshop addressing common errors and complex scoring issues. Ethics Council with the Virginia State Bar will lead the discussion and answer questions related to ethical responsibilities relating to the Sentencing Guidelines. 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

Esther J. Windmueller Fee Waiver Application Form


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).

The 20th Edition Sentencing Guidelines Manual is required for all seminars.


Sentencing Guidelines Seminars
Approved for CLE Credit

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Introduction to Sentencing Guidelines $125
6 CLE Approved





Henrico March 20, 2018 Henrico Police & Fire Training Center 9:30 - 5:00
Abingdon April 18, 2018 Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center 9:30 - 5:00

Sentencing Guidelines Knowledge & Skills Evaluation $100
5 CLE pending Approval 1 Ethics






Sentencing Guidelines Manual
Shipping and tax included

  • Introduction to Sentencing Guidelines Seminar — $125
  • Sentencing Guidelines Knowledge & Skills Evaluation — $100
  • Update from 19th edition — $30
  • Update from 18th edition or earlier— $85
  • Complete manual (binder, tabs, and complete update) — $155


The 19th Edition Sentencing Guidlines Manual is currently sold out. Order 20th Edition Sentencing Guidelines Manual for Delivery in June.

Commonwealth Attorneys, Public Defenders and Probation Officers: No Cost

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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.