D.C. Courts

D.C. Courts The D.C. Courts are the judicial branch of the District of Columbia government. There are two courts, the D.C. Court of Appeals, the highest court of the District, and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, the trial court.

page of the DC Courts, the judicial branch of the District of Columbia government

Operating as usual

See the latest notices on the July 2021 #DC bar exam, including exam fees. July bar exam applications accepted May 3-21....
04/16/2021
Committee on Admissions | District of Columbia Courts

See the latest notices on the July 2021 #DC bar exam, including exam fees. July bar exam applications accepted May 3-21. https://www.dccourts.gov/court-of-appeals/committee-on-admissions

DC COURTS' LATEST CORONAVIRUS UPDATES ALERT: The DC Courts want the public to be aware of a scam in which calls are being made that purportedly come from DC Superior Court and ask the recipient for money to bail a relative of theirs out of jail or assist with legal representation. These are not legi...

04/15/2021

DC Courts will operate on a holiday schedule tomorrow for #DCEmancipationDay. Adult Arraignment Court (C-10), Juvenile New Referral Court (JM-15) and scheduled preventive detention hearing courtrooms will operate. Learn more about why we commemorate: https://emancipation.dc.gov/

DC Bar - Court to Transition to New Bar Application System; Pending Applications Must Be Completed by April 1
04/14/2021
DC Bar - Court to Transition to New Bar Application System; Pending Applications Must Be Completed by April 1

DC Bar - Court to Transition to New Bar Application System; Pending Applications Must Be Completed by April 1

On April 15 the D.C. Court of Appeals Committee on Admissions will be transitioning to a new system to process bar applications. Any applications that are currently open, or that will be submitted before the transition, must be completed by 5:00 pm Eastern Time on April 15.

Get quick links to court calendars, case databases, online forms help and more in the free #DC Courts mobile #app. Searc...
04/14/2021

Get quick links to court calendars, case databases, online forms help and more in the free #DC Courts mobile #app. Search for "DC Courts Mobile" in the Apple or Google Play app store to download. #Access2Justice #accesstojustice

Get quick links to court calendars, case databases, online forms help and more in the free #DC Courts mobile #app. Search for "DC Courts Mobile" in the Apple or Google Play app store to download. #Access2Justice #accesstojustice

04/07/2021

Effective Monday, April 5, 2021, a crime victims compensation team member will be onsite to assist with application intake. Parties can also pick-up and drop off CVC applications.

When: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
Times: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Main Courthouse – 500 Indiana Avenue., N.W., WDC 20001
(at the information booth on the 1st floor)
Contact number: (202) 879-4216

See the latest information about our #COVID19  operations. D.C. Superior Court Chief Judge's order extended through May ...
04/06/2021
Corona Virus Advisory Page | District of Columbia Courts

See the latest information about our #COVID19 operations. D.C. Superior Court Chief Judge's order extended through May 20, 2021, with updates. #StaySafe

DC COURTS' LATEST CORONAVIRUS UPDATES Steps The DC Courts Have Taken to Keep You Safe. See New Video! Click here for information on the current status of court operations due to covid. Haga click para Español.

D.C. Courts Crime Victims Compensation Program: In-person application intake begins Monday, April 5. Learn more about th...
04/02/2021
Crime Victims Compensation Matters | District of Columbia Courts

D.C. Courts Crime Victims Compensation Program: In-person application intake begins Monday, April 5. Learn more about the days and hours for services.

DC COURTS' LATEST CORONAVIRUS UPDATES Steps The DC Courts Have Taken to Keep You Safe. See New Video! Click here for information on the current status of court operations due to covid. Haga click para Español.

D.C. Courts Announce the 2020 Pro Bono Honor Roll
03/30/2021
D.C. Courts Announce the 2020 Pro Bono Honor Roll

D.C. Courts Announce the 2020 Pro Bono Honor Roll

D.C. Courts Announce the 2020 Pro Bono Honor Roll Record number of attorneys step up during the pandemic to provide hours of free legal help Chief Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby of the D.C. Court of Appeals and Chief Judge Anita JoseyHerring of the D.C....

From Segregated Schools to Appeals Court Judge
03/16/2021
From Segregated Schools to Appeals Court Judge

From Segregated Schools to Appeals Court Judge

In her many roles—college professor, lawyer, activist, author, and federal judge—Inez Smith Reid, J59, has championed racial and gender justice. Now 83, she credits her close-knit family for inspiring her efforts and giving her the confidence to succeed despite the obstacles she faced as a Black...

News for bar applicants:https://newsroom.dccourts.gov/press-releases/dc-court-of-appeals-announces-2-week-pause-in-bar-a...
03/09/2021
DC Court of Appeals Announces 2-week Pause in Bar Application Process in Late April for New System

News for bar applicants:

https://newsroom.dccourts.gov/press-releases/dc-court-of-appeals-announces-2-week-pause-in-bar-application-process-in-late-april-for-new-system
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The DC Court of Appeals' Committee on Admissions announced that it will be upgrading its application system in late April, which will require a two-week pause in acceptance of applications. The new system will have several advantages.

COURT EXTENDS COMMENT PERIOD:   On February 12, 2021, the DC Court of Appeals requested public comments on how the court...
03/09/2021
DCCA Orders | District of Columbia Courts

COURT EXTENDS COMMENT PERIOD: On February 12, 2021, the DC Court of Appeals requested public comments on how the court could best make documents filed in the court electronically available to the general public. The goal of the effort is to further access to justice for the community, not only during the pandemic, but also to make it easier to access public court documents in the future. The court indicated that written comments should be submitted by March 12, 2021. The court has now extended the comment period by one month. Written comments therefore may be submitted by April 12, 2021.

The Court's notice requesting public comment on a proposal, read, in part:

"This court is exploring how best to make documents filed in the court — briefs, appendices, transcripts, and record materials from trial-court and agency proceedings — electronically available to the general public to the extent feasible. The court intends to require that such materials be subject to appropriate redactions and other procedures to protect confidential and other sensitive information and to comply with any laws limiting or prohibiting the dissemination of such information. Before drafting rules and procedures concerning such public access, the court would like the benefit of general comments and/or specific suggestions from the public and potentially interested parties."

Comments must be submitted by April 12 and may be submitted via email (addressed to [email protected]) or in writing (addressed to the Clerk, D.C. Court of Appeals, 430 E Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001). All comments submitted will be available to the public.

The February 12 court order may be found here:https://www.dccourts.gov/sites/default/files/2021-02/M274-21%20Notice%20regarding%20how%20best%20to%20make%20pleadings%20electronically%20available%20to%20the%20Public.pdf

All Court orders are included on this page: https://www.dccourts.gov/court-of-appeals/orders

Oral arguments at the DC Court of Appeals may be viewed on the DCCA YouTube channel.

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DC COURTS' LATEST CORONAVIRUS UPDATES ALERT: The DC Courts want the public to be aware of a scam in which calls are being made that purportedly come from DC Superior Court and ask the recipient for money to bail a relative of theirs out of jail or assist with legal representation. These are not legi...

The DC Court of Appeals Seeks Public Comment on Proposal to Have Documents Available Online https://newsroom.dccourts.go...
03/02/2021
Releases & Advisories

The DC Court of Appeals Seeks Public Comment on Proposal to Have Documents Available Online
https://newsroom.dccourts.gov/press-releases/dc-court-of-appeals-seeks-public-comment-on-proposal-to-have-documents-available-online

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DC Bar/ bar exam July DC Bar Exam to be Administered Remotely; Will be Third Remote Exam in DC 02-10-2021 The DC Court of Appeals has announced that, in light of pandemic conditions, the February 2021 DC Bar Exam will be a remote exam, and will be the Uniform Bar Exam (recognized by 38 jurisdictions...

DC Court of Appeals Seeks Public Comment on Proposal to Have Documents Available Online
03/02/2021
Releases & Advisories

DC Court of Appeals Seeks Public Comment on Proposal to Have Documents Available Online

DC Bar/ bar exam July DC Bar Exam to be Administered Remotely; Will be Third Remote Exam in DC 02-10-2021 The DC Court of Appeals has announced that, in light of pandemic conditions, the February 2021 DC Bar Exam will be a remote exam, and will be the Uniform Bar Exam (recognized by 38 jurisdictions...

The DC Superior Court is seeking comments on a proposed temporary amendment to DV Rules.  See the proposal in the drop d...
03/02/2021
Rules Committee | District of Columbia Courts

The DC Superior Court is seeking comments on a proposed temporary amendment to DV Rules. See the proposal in the drop down from the light blue Important Notices bar at the top of this page https://www.dccourts.gov/superior-court/rules-committee

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DC COURTS' LATEST CORONAVIRUS UPDATES Steps The DC Courts Have Taken to Keep You Safe Click here for information on the current status of court operations due to covid. Haga click para Español.

02/24/2021

District of Columbia Bar Exam applicants needing assistance with passwords or other non-technical issues please email: [email protected]

DC Court of Appeals Chief Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby Redesignated to Second 4-Year Term
02/10/2021
Honorable Anna Blackburne-Rigsby Redesignated Chief Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals | jnc

DC Court of Appeals Chief Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby Redesignated to Second 4-Year Term

The District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission (the “Commission”) has redesignated the Honorable Anna Blackburne-Rigsby as Chief Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals (“Court of Appeals” or “Court”)) for a second consecutive four-year term. Pursuant to D.C. Code § ...

Chief Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby has been re-designated as Chief Judge for a second four-year term: https://jnc.dc.gov...
02/10/2021
Honorable Anna Blackburne-Rigsby Redesignated Chief Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals | jnc

Chief Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby has been re-designated as Chief Judge for a second four-year term:

https://jnc.dc.gov/release/honorable-anna-blackburne-rigsby-redesignated-chief-judge-district-columbia-court-appeals

The District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission (the “Commission”) has redesignated the Honorable Anna Blackburne-Rigsby as Chief Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals (“Court of Appeals” or “Court”)) for a second consecutive four-year term. Pursuant to D.C. Code § ...

02/10/2021

In light of continued pandemic conditions, to protect the health and safety of examinees, proctors, and court staff, while performing its duty to assure the competence of persons licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia, the Court will administer the remote Uniform Bar Examination (UBE), which is now available, in July 2021. The application will open at 10:00 am Eastern Time on May 3, 2021, and will close at 5:00 pm Eastern Time on May 21, 2021. There will be no late application period. Applicants who sit for the February 2021 exam will have their results by May 14, 2021, which will allow time for unsuccessful February applicants to reapply. Applicants may check the National Conference of Bar Examiners website for additional information regarding the remote UBE.

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We're celebrating Trivia Tuesday in honor of DC Courts' 50th Anniversary year.Robert H. Terrell was the first African-Am...
02/09/2021

We're celebrating Trivia Tuesday in honor of DC Courts' 50th Anniversary year.

Robert H. Terrell was the first African-American municipal court judge in Washington, D.C.; he was nominated by President William H. Taft and served from 1910 to 1925. The municipal court in D.C. was the early predecessor of the DC Superior Court. Judge Terrell was the husband of Mary Church Terrell, a very well-known activist fighting for racial equality and suffrage here in D.C. and beyond. You can see a historical marker about her near the Gallery Place Metro station.

For more information on Judge Robert Terrell, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Heberton_Terrell

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Justices, Leaders Address COVID-19's Barriers To Equal Justice
02/09/2021
Justices, Leaders Address COVID-19's Barriers To Equal Justice - Law360

Justices, Leaders Address COVID-19's Barriers To Equal Justice

The COVID-19 pandemic has both emphasized the importance of more widespread legal aid and made administering such support more difficult, according to legal professionals, including state supreme court justices, speaking at a recent conference.

In commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the DC Courts, we will be offering a weekly "fun fact" about the DC Courts, ...
02/02/2021

In commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the DC Courts, we will be offering a weekly "fun fact" about the DC Courts, DC's legal history and/or the DC court community. #DCHistory #DCLegalHistory #DCCourts

For today's #TriviaTuesday fact, we begin with a DC court timeline.

02/02/2021

DC Courts status for Feb 2, 2021: OPEN AT 10:00 A.M. All remote hearings will proceed at the originally scheduled time. Criminal and Domestic Violence Division partially remote hearings (arraignment, presentments, preliminary/ detention hearings, and emergency show cause hearings) will commence at 10:00 am, with the exception of C-10 which will commence at 1:00 pm. Court personnel must report in sufficient time to commence court operations at 10:00 am if required to report to the court buildings. Employees who are teleworking are required to work from their Flexplace worksites and commence work at the beginning of their tours of duty.

DC Courts Have Continued COVID Operations Through March 31
02/01/2021
DC Courts Have Continued COVID Operations Through March 31

DC Courts Have Continued COVID Operations Through March 31

With orders issued in January, both the DC Court of Appeals and the DC Superior Court have extended their current largely-remote operations through March 31, 2021. The Mayor has issued a the Order extends the state of emergency and public health...

DC Courts Commemorate 50th Anniversary as a Local, Consolidated Court System
02/01/2021
DC Courts Commemorate 50th Anniversary as a Local, Consolidated Court System

DC Courts Commemorate 50th Anniversary as a Local, Consolidated Court System

On Monday, February 1, 1971, the DC Courts held a ceremonial joint opening session, taking back authority from the federal courts and consolidating a number of smaller municipal courts. The DC Superior Court officially came into being on that day, ...

DC Courts Commemorate 50th Anniversary as a Local, Consolidated Court System
01/29/2021
Releases & Advisories

DC Courts Commemorate 50th Anniversary as a Local, Consolidated Court System

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500 Indiana Avenue, NW
Washington D.C., DC
20001

Near Judiciary Square (red line) and Navy Memorial/Archives (yellow/green lines) stations on Metro

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Monday 08:30 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:30 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:30 - 17:00
Thursday 08:30 - 17:00
Friday 08:30 - 17:00

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