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

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DC Courts Launch First-Ever App
01/04/2021
DC Courts Launch New Court App

DC Courts Launch First-Ever App

The DC Courts have launched a free app, designed to assist members of the DC public. The app includes court calendars, case database searchable by name, an online forms-help system for those without an attorney, information for jurors, copies of the ...

DC Courts Launch First-Ever App
01/04/2021
DC Courts Launch New Court App

DC Courts Launch First-Ever App

The DC Courts have launched a free app, designed to assist members of the DC public. The app includes court calendars, case database searchable by name, an online forms-help system for those without an attorney, information for jurors, copies of the ...

12/11/2020
www.dccourts.gov

The names of those who passed the October #dcbarexam have been posted:

https://www.dccourts.gov/sites/default/files/divisionspdfs/committee%20on%20admissions%20pdf/NOTICE%20OF%20OCTOBER%20RESULTS.pdf

District of Columbia Bar American University Washington College of Law The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law The George Washington University Law School Georgetown Law Howard University School of Law UDC David A. Clarke School of Law University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law Admissions University of Baltimore School of Law (Official) University of Virginia School of Law Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University William & Mary Law School

12/08/2020

NOTICE REGARDING OCTOBER 2020 REMOTE BAR EXAM RESULTS

The unofficial pass/fail results of the October remote bar exam will be posted by EXAM ID on the Committee on Admissions website by 9:00am, December 9, 2020. The EXAM ID is the five-digit number beginning with “2” used by you for your ExamSoft account and on your exam. Applicants will receive an email with their official exam scaled scores and raw essay scores by 5:00pm on Thursday, December 10, 2020. Please note that the emails will not all arrive at the same time. A list of the successful applicants will be posted on the COA website no later than 5:00pm on Friday, December 11, 2020. Notices of certification for admission will be sent by email on a rolling basis beginning December 21, 2020.

#DCBarExam District of Columbia Bar American University Washington College of Law The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law The George Washington University Law School Howard University School of Law UDC David A. Clarke School of Law University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law Admissions University of Baltimore School of Law (Official) University of Virginia School of Law Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University

DC Superior Court has begun summoning people for grand jury service in January 2021.  The summonses went out via USPS ma...
11/19/2020
DC Superior Court Introduces New eSummons Notification for Jurors and Grand Jurors

DC Superior Court has begun summoning people for grand jury service in January 2021. The summonses went out via USPS mail, but if we have your email or phone number, we sent you an email or text message to let you know in advance. We did this in an effort to improve communication; but those who do not want to receive such messages may opt-out.

**We have not yet scheduled the resumption of jury trials. At this point we will have grand juries only, due to the pandemic. The Court will give 60 days notice before any jury trials are held.
https://newsroom.dccourts.gov/press-releases/dc-superior-court-introduces-new-esummons-notification-for-jurors-and-grand-jurors

While DC Superior Court monitors the pandemic and is following guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control ("the CDC") and the DC Department of Health, it is also preparing for when a resumption of operations occurs next year. One of the changes...

DC Adoption Day 2020 is a video, not an event, but we promise it is no less joyous!  Our perennial host Barbara Harrison...
11/19/2020
DC Superior Court | Adoption Day 2020 with Barbara Harrison

DC Adoption Day 2020 is a video, not an event, but we promise it is no less joyous! Our perennial host Barbara Harrison interviewed 33 of the families who adopted this past year - these families adopted a total of 45 children, who you hear from in the video. It's heartwarming and a wonderful reminder of the importance of family! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQx50HXptVA&t=2635s

#AdoptionDay #DCAdoptionDay #ForeverFamily #nationaladoptionday

DC Child & Family Services Agency Foster and Adoptive Parent Advocacy Center (FAPAC) Family and Youth Initiative (DCFYI) Children's Law Center Adoptions Together & FamilyWorks Together Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) AdoptUSKids National Council For Adoption

DC Superior Court joins with DC Child & Family Services Agency to celebrate National Adoption Day with long-time emcee Barbara Harrison, the founder of Wedne...

11/05/2020
www.dccourts.gov

There's a new DC Superior Court order on operations that's been issued - non jury trials will commence in certain Criminal and Domestic Violence cases. District of Columbia Bar DC SAFE DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia

Seehttps://www.dccourts.gov/sites/default/files/matters-docs/General%20Order%20pdf/Amended-Order-11-5-20_FINAL.PDF

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Chief Judge Anita Josey-Herring made history twice on Friday, October 16, 2020:  She took her oath of office in the firs...
10/20/2020

Chief Judge Anita Josey-Herring made history twice on Friday, October 16, 2020: She took her oath of office in the first-ever Zoom investiture of a Chief Judge, and she became the first-ever female chief judge of DC Superior Court! Congratulations Chief Judge Josey-Herring!!

Order just issued by the DC Court of Appeals in response to last Thursday’s emergency petition re bar exam waiver.  #dcb...
09/29/2020

Order just issued by the DC Court of Appeals in response to last Thursday’s emergency petition re bar exam waiver.

#dcbarexam #diplomaprivilegenow #diplomaprivilege @DistrictofColumbiaBar American University Washington College of Law The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law Georgetown Law UDC David A. Clarke School of Law University of Baltimore School of Law (Official) University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law Admissions University of Virginia School of Law Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University

09/15/2020
www.dccourts.gov

The DC Court of Appeals just issued an order regarding limited bar admission without an exam. Below is a link to the press release. The order can be found athttps://www.dccourts.gov/sites/default/files/2020-09/M-269-20.pdf

District of Columbia Bar American University Washington College of Law The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law The George Washington University Law School Georgetown Law Howard University School of Law UDC David A. Clarke School of Law University of Baltimore School of Law (Official) University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law Admissions University of Virginia School of Law Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University William & Mary Law School

#BarExam #DCBarExam #diplomaprivilegen

09/09/2020
Individual Category Award Winner - Rita Blandino | American Legal Tech Awards

We are SO proud of Rita Blandino, Director of the DC Superior Court's Domestic Violence Division, for winning this Legal Technology Award. The work she and her team have done means that everyone seeking a protection order was able to have their request heard without risking public health by in-hearings. The work ensuring that forms can be accessed online and in advance, in plain language and multiple languages, has surely expanded access to justice. CONGRATULATIONS!

District of Columbia Bar DC SAFE

#Access2Justice #AccessToJustice #domesticviolenceawareness #domesticviolencehelp

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Rita Blandino serves as Like, Follow, Comment, & Subscribe! https://gngf.tv _ ► Subscribe to my channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8jMUZpf1YIvQ7...

09/05/2020

The DC Courts will be closed on Monday, September 7 in commemoration of Labor Day. Per DC Code, adult arraignments and juvenile new referrals will take place.

08/28/2020
www.dccourts.gov

Both of the DC Courts have issued orders outlining operations through November of this year:

DCCA: http://www.dccourts.gov/sites/default/files/2020-08/DCCA_Order_Addressing_Operations_after_August_30.pdf

and

DCSC http://www.dccourts.gov/sites/default/files/matters-docs/General%20Order%20pdf/Amended-Order-8-13-20-FINAL.pdf

08/27/2020
www.americanbar.org

We are both pleased and proud to see DC Court of Appeals Chief Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby on the list of "the law’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, & leaders." For more information, see http://www.fastcase.com/fastcase50/

In addition, it was just announced that Chief Judge Blackburne-Rigsby is one of the winners of the American Bar Association's Margaret Brent Award this year. https://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/administrative/women/blackburne-rigsby.pdf

Tomorrow is the 200th Anniversary of DC's Historic Courthouse!Construction of the Historic Courthouse as a seat of city ...
08/21/2020

Tomorrow is the 200th Anniversary of DC's Historic Courthouse!

Construction of the Historic Courthouse as a seat of city government in DC began in July 1820; a public celebration of the major undertaking was held on August 22, 1820. The DC Courts intended to hold a major public event to commemorate this 200th anniversary, a significant milestone in DC's architectural and legal history. The pandemic prevented that from happening, however. Until large public events may be safely held, the DC Courts offer DC residents, area historians and legal scholars a short video with information about the building's history, the numerous major events and trials that occured within its walls, and the famous and infamous people who walked its halls.
The Historic Courthouse was originally DC's city hall, it later served as a courthouse, then housed government offices including the US Civil Service Commission (the then-commissioner Theodore Roosevelt had his office in the building) and the US Marshals Service for the District (the Marshal at the time was Frederick Douglass, whose also had his office located in the building). Most recently, in the late 20th century, it was home to DC's Office of Corporation Counsel (now Office of the Attorney General) and the Public Defender Service of the District of Columbia. The building was vacated in 1999 in preparation for a major renovation project to bring the building into the 21st century. The renovated courthouse was rededicated on June 17, 2009 as the new home for the District’s highest court, the D.C. Court of Appeals.

"I am so thankful for the honor to serve as your chief judge in this truly historic building at this unique time in our history. A full understanding of the history of this building, even the darker times, is important as we commemorate this 200th anniversary," said DC Court of Appeals Chief Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby. "I am always encouraged by the many historical figures ...who worked in and walked the halls of this historic building. They worked hard to ensure that justice was accessible to everyone, so that this historic courthouse continues to be a symbol for equal justice for all, here at the heart of Judiciary Square." The Chief Judge expressed her appreciation to the members of the 200th Anniversary Committee for their work producing the video tribute and closed by saying she looked forward to the celebration that would take place once the pandemic recedes.

“We encourage all D.C. residents to visit the courthouse - it is a centerpiece of our city and, more specifically, the heart of the Judiciary Square neighborhood. The renovations the courts made just over a decade ago have allowed the courthouse to once again serve its historic role as a symbol of the proud history of our city and our commitment to equal justice under the law,” said former D.C. Court of Appeals Chief Judge Eric T. Washington.

History: Originally designed by George Hadfield in 1820 to serve as the Courthouse and City Hall for the District of Columbia, the Historic Courthouse is a National Historic Landmark and one of the oldest public buildings in the District of Columbia. Located between the White House and the U.S. Capitol, Judiciary Square was designed by Pierre L’Enfant to be one of the most important green spaces in Washington, second in importance only to the National Mall. Prominently located at the heart of Judiciary Square, the courthouse has been the setting for many notable events in our nation’s history. Daniel Webster and Francis Scott Key practiced law in the building, and John Surratt’s trial for his part in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln took place there. In addition, the National Park Service has designated the courthouse as an essential part of the Underground Railroad’s Network to Freedom. The designation of the nearly 200-year-old building was based on it housing the trials for the ship captain and owner of the Pearl which attempted to sail 77 slaves to freedom in 1848, as well as it being the site of the compensation hearings for slave owners after President Lincoln signed the D.C. Compensated Emancipation Act law, on April 16, 1862.

Architecture: A central feature of the renovation was a new glass-and-steel entrance pavilion on the north façade, which replaced the original portico that was removed during the early 20th century. Serving as the ADA-accessible main entrance, the pavilion re-oriented the courthouse to once again face Judiciary Square and engage with the surrounding ensemble of civic buildings. The south façade and previous entrance, with its grand steps leading to a colonnaded portico, has been preserved, and the Lincoln statue which has stood at the base of those steps since 1868, has been renovated and restored to its place. As the centerpiece of Judiciary Square, the restored Historic Courthouse has played a powerful architectural role in its rejuvenation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZrHrDIZvso&feature=youtu.be

#DCHistory District of Columbia Bar

We're so proud of Pepper the Courthouse Dog - she's helped so many people, making their day in court a lot less stressfu...
07/27/2020
Extraordinary Pets Making the South a Better Place

We're so proud of Pepper the Courthouse Dog - she's helped so many people, making their day in court a lot less stressful. Here's the Southern Living magazine feature on her:

#PepperTheCourthouseDog

Raise a paw for these hardworking pets running to rescue in their communities.

The DC Judicial Nomination Commission announced their selection of the next DC Superior Court chief judge yesterday:  Ju...
07/22/2020
Judge Anita Josey-Herring named chief of D.C. Superior Court

The DC Judicial Nomination Commission announced their selection of the next DC Superior Court chief judge yesterday: Judge Anita Josey-Herring.

She becomes the first female judge to lead the court since Congress established it in 1970.

Good news for those interested in taking an online bar exam: The DC Court of Appeals just extended the application deadl...
07/10/2020
DC Court of Appeals Extends Deadline for Application for Online Bar Exam; Obtains Reciprocity with Two Other Jurisdictions

Good news for those interested in taking an online bar exam:
The DC Court of Appeals just extended the application deadline for the October DC Bar Exam which will be online. In addition, the Court has already obtained reciprocity agreements with two other jurisdictions.
#DCBarExam #OnlineBarExam

American University Washington College of Law The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law The George Washington University Law School Georgetown Law HOWARD U. SCHOOL OF LAW UDC David A. Clarke School of Law University of Virginia School of Law Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University University of Baltimore School of Law (Official) University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

xtend the deadline for applying for our remote bar exam to accommodate potential applicants who may feel safer taking the exam remotely rather than in-person. We have had a lot of calls in the past few days from people who are afraid to take an...

The Superior Court has made a significant change in its jury plan, allowing returning citizens to participate in jury du...
06/18/2020
DC Superior Court Changes Jury Plan to Reduce Time before Returning Citizens Can Serve as Jurors

The Superior Court has made a significant change in its jury plan, allowing returning citizens to participate in jury duty one year after completion of their sentence (rather than the previous ten years). This will more fully engage returning citizens in the civic process, make juries more representative, and increase the number of people in the jury pool. The press release is below, along with a link to the plan.

DC Superior Court Chief Judge Robert Morin today announced that the Court has modified its jury plan so that persons with felony convictions will be eligible to serve as petit jurors one year after completion of their sentence. Previously a felony ...

06/11/2020
Washington Council of Lawyers

Washington Council of Lawyers

We are excited to share the development of a single point of entry and referral for tenants and small landlords facing residential housing issues in the District of Columbia.

The Landlord Tenant Legal Assistance Network (LTLAN) 202-780-2575 is jointly staffed by Bread for the City, D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center, Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, Legal Counsel for the Elderly, Neighborhood Legal Services Program, and Rising for Justice.

LTLAN operates 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. Unrepresented tenants and unrepresented small landlords may call LTLAN to be connected with an attorney who can provide a range of free legal information, advice, and/or representation.

Address

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

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

Opening Hours

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

Telephone

(202) 879-1010

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