This research guide is designed to facilitate research in District of Columbia law in the modern era. It explains the process of making laws, rules, and regulations in D.C. It also identifies and describes major publications of statutory law, administrative law, case law, and secondary materials, and explains how to use them. All items are located in the Edward Bennett Williams Law Library unless otherwise indicated.
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).
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Revised 4/2007 (BRM)
Updated 12/2012 (MS)
Updated 4/2019 (SB)