Local Court System
The D.C. Home Rule Act, Pub. L. No. 93-198, 87 Stat. 744 (1973) (D.C. Code Ann. §§ 1-201.01 to 1-207.71) provided for the establishment of the Superior Court of D.C. and the D.C. Court of Appeals. The appointment of judges for these two courts was granted to the President with the advice and consent of the Senate.
D.C. Court of Appeals
The D.C. Court of Appeals is the court of last resort for the District of Columbia. It was known as the "Municipal Court of Appeals" from 1942 to 1962 when it was renamed "District of Columbia Court of Appeals." It is authorized to review all final orders, judgments and specified interlocutory orders of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. It also has jurisdiction to review decisions of administrative agencies, boards, and commissions of the District government. It is authorized by Congress to review proposed rules of the trial court and promulgates its own rules.
Superior Court of the District of Columbia
The Superior Court of the District of Columbia handles all local trial matters, including civil, criminal, family court, probate, tax, landlord-tenant, small claims, and traffic.
District of Columbia Court system directories:
- Leadership Connect (formerly known as the Yellow Book and Leadership Library). Provides contact and biographic information of the D.C. Court of Appeals judges, but not D.C. Superior Court judges.
- In print: Judicial Yellow Book: Who's Who in Federal and State Courts: Call Number: Reference Desk & Stacks JK2679 .J8 (1995 - 2008, no longer updated at Law Library).
- In print: Federal-State Court Directory, Call Number: Reference Desk & Stacks KF8700 .A19 W3 (2007 - 2017, no longer updated at Law Library). Provides a D.C. Court structure chart. Also provides contact information of the Court of Appeals, Superior Court, Office of Corporation Council and Mayor's Office.
- In print: Directory of State Court Clerks & County Courthouses, Call Number: Reference Desk & Stacks KF8700 .A19 D574 (1994 - 2008, 2010, no longer updated at Law Library). Companion publication to Federal-State Court Directory, Call Number: Reference Desk KF8700 .A19 W3 (last updated at Law Library in 2010).
- In print: BNA's Directory of State and Federal Courts, Judges, and Clerks: A State-by-State and Federal Listing, Call Number: Reference Desk & Stacks KF8700 .A19 K56 (2005 - 2011. Last updated at Law Library in 2012. Publication ceased with 2019). Provides a D.C. Court structure chart as well as contact information of all D.C. judges and judiciary staff.
Federal Court System