Purpose and Function
The Commonwealth’s Attorneys’ Services Council (Council) is the Virginia state agency responsible for providing training, education and services for Virginia’s prosecutors. The 120 elected Commonwealth’s Attorneys and their approximately 645 Assistants statewide depend upon Council sponsored training programs to meet their annual mandatory continuing legal education requirements (MCLE) as established by the Virginia State Bar.
Council provides at least ten extensive training programs per year. Additionally, Council provides to all prosecutors across the state access to appellate briefs, legal memoranda, court forms, training outlines, information about expert witnesses, and weekly updates from the Virginia Court of Appeals, Virginia Supreme Court, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court, along with legislative updates both during and following the General Assembly session.
Council is comprised of five officers and sixteen Commonwealth’s Attorneys representing each of Virginia’s congressional districts. Council staff includes a director, four staff attorneys, a computer lead engineer, a program specialist and a fiscal officer. The Council offices are located at the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.