District of Columbia Resources

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

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.

With frequent questions regarding District of Columbia law, this research guide offers more in-depth information than most of our other state guides.


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, Law Library Call Number: State 1st Floor KFD1230 2001 .A22.

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Update History

et 12/2022 (content)
et 05/2020  (content, migration)