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Criminal Law: Virginia Resources

Overview of Virginia Resources

This page provides both primary and secondary resources regarding criminal law in Virginia. The majority of the page is dedicated to offering assistance to those practicing law in Virginia. Attorneys can find a wealth of information pertaining to the stages of a criminal trial under the “Virginia CLE tab.” Information regarding jury instructions and sentencing can be found near the bottom of the page. Likewise, the treatises may be helpful for users seeking to refresh their familiarity with criminal law and procedure, as well as for those new to the practice of criminal law.   

Scondary Electronic Resources

Virginia Primary Sources - Print

These Primary Print Sources are open to public viewing in the Regent University Law Library.

   - Virginia Case Law

  • Supreme Court Opinions
    • Virginia Reports; South Eastern Reporter
  • Court of Appeals Opinions
    • Virginia Court of Appeals Reports; South Eastern Reporter
  • Circuit Court Opinions
    • Virginia Circuit Court Opinions

   - Virginia Codes and Statutes

  • Code of Virginia 1950
  • West's Annotated Code of Virginia
  • Virginia Administrative Code
  • Virginia Register of Regulations
  • Code of Ordinances for:
    • Virginia Beach
    • Norfolk
    • Chesapeake
    • Portsmouth

Virginia Jury instructions

Virginia Treatises

Virginia Practice Guides

Other Virginia Resources


HeinOnline is a useful tool for finding archived material, especially material dating back to the 19th century. HeinOnline is also good for users who are seeking out international resources or law review journals. The law review journals are, however, only available in PDF format, as are all other sources procured through HeinOnline. 


    HeinOnline is accessible via IP recognition while on-campus; When off-campus, users MUST login via Regent's Law Library site.