The AP has this report on the new Virginia Indigent Defense Commission, which will oversee training and certification of counsel representing indigent criminal defendants.
The article says, among other things:
Court-appointed lawyers will be required to attend six hours of "continuing legal education" classes developed by the commission every two years. Attorneys who want to represent juveniles must complete an additional four hours of specialized training.
The AP also has this article which say that court-appointed lawyers in Virginia are about the lowest-paid anywhere, and their fees have remained essentially the same since 1971.