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District of Columbia Resources

Getting Started

This research guide covers select resources available for doing District of Columbia legal research, including finding laws & legislation, court opinions, regulations, and legal ethics information, both in print at the Georgetown Law Library as well as in electronic and online formats.


For a discussion of the history of the D.C. legislative and judicial system before the latest major change in the governing arrangements laid out in the District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act ("Home Rule Act"), Pub. L. No. 93-198, 87 Stat. 744 (1973) (D.C. Code §§ 1-201.01 to 1-207.71), please consult:

For acts relating to the establishment of the District of Columbia and its various forms of governmental organization, check volume 1 of the D.C. Official Code (KFD1230 2001 .A22).

Research Guides

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Update History

CC 7/13, CC 07/2013, ET 08/2018 (content), ET 08/2019 (links), ET 05/2020 (integrated with in-depth)