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District of Columbia In-Depth

This State Guide provides an in-depth look at sources of law within the District of Columbia.

Where to Locate D.C. Laws

Where to find Bills and Bill Information?

  • District of Columbia Register (DCR)
    It is the official publication of the D.C. government for acts, resolutions, and various information about the actions of the Council of the District of Columbia (such as resolutions and notices of council hearings), and actions of the Executive Branch and Independent Agencies (such as proposed rulemaking and emergency rulemaking). It comes out every week during Council Period (mid-September to mid-July). It has an annual index.
     
  • Lexis
  • Westlaw
  • Council of the District of Columbia Legislative Information Management System (LIMS)
    It is a searchable and browseable database of full-text bills, proposed and adopted resolutions, and acts. It also gives status information. Laws can be searched by keyword, and browsed by number, by Council Member, or by Committee (8th Council Period, 1989 - present).
  • Council Calendar
    Daily schedule, legislative agenda, hearing notices, oversight and budget schedule, and council and committee meetings.
  • Legislative Meeting Agenda (LIMS) 
    Provides agendas of meetings. Select "Agenda" from search options.

Where to find ACTS and LAWS?

  • Council of the District of Columbia Legislative Information Management System (LIMS) (8th Council Period - present) 
    It is a searchable and browsable database of full-text bills, proposed and adopted resolutions, and acts. It also gives status information. Laws can be searched by keyword, and browsed by number, by Council Member, or by Committee.

Where to find the D.C. Code?

Where to find DC Regulations?

  • District of Columbia Municipal Regulations
    This is the official version of the current regulations. Use the D.C. Register to update the information in the DCMR. The D.C. Register contains "List of Sections Amended of D.C. Municipal Regulations" in the first issue of each month. If the List of Sections Amended is not published for the month, check the Final Rulemaking section of the Table of Contents of each weekly edition of the DCR published since the last update of the DCMR.

    It is available:
     
    • Electronic:
      • DCMR Online (official)
        Searchable by Rule Number, Agency, Chapter Number, and full text
        Note: The official, online version was recently revised and contains the most accurate, official, up-to-date information. Other versions of D.C. municipal regulations may contain errors.
      • Print: KFD1235 1981 .A23 (print version is out-of-date)
  • West's District of Columbia Municipal Regulations
    "[O]fficial regulations issued by agencies in the District of Columbia, as updated by West."
  • BLaw's District of Columbia Municipal Regulations

Code of D.C. Municipal Regulations (Weil's Code) 
The unofficial but up-to-date compilation of the DC administrative code. Updated every month, well-indexed. Use the D.C. Register to update the information in the DCMR. The D.C. Register contains "List of Sections Amended of D.C. Municipal Regulations" in the first issue of each month. If the List of Sections Amended is not published for the month, check the Final Rulemaking section of the Table of Contents of each weekly edition of the DCR published since the last update of the DCMR.

It is available:

Where to find D.C. Court of Appeals Opinions?

Where to find Superior Court of DC Opinions?

  • Lexis: DC Superior Court of the District of Columbia from 2001
  • The Daily Washington Law Reporter KFD1247.D3 (1875 - )
    Provides abstracts of selected daily cases. Opinions from 1979 to present are also available electronically.
  • Tax Division, Superior Court of the District of Columbia
    Tax Division cases are available through the DC Courts's Court Cases Online search.
  • Superior Court of the District of Columbia
    Clerk of the Superior Court: Duane B. Delaney
    Moultrie Courthouse
    500 Indiana Ave., NW , Rm 2500
    Washington , D.C. 20001
    Tel: 202-879-1400

Where to find United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and US District Court for the District of Columbia opinions?

Finding Aids:

[Digests are also available in Westlaw.]

Where to find Rules of the D.C. Court of Appeals?

Where to Find Superior Court Rules?