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DCCA Readies for E-Filing

on Tue, 09/01/2015 - 14:49

The DC Court of Appeals is currently testing a new eFiling and public access portal that will allow members of the public to look at case dockets online, and allow those with cases before the court to submit documents – briefs, motions, etc - electronically. 

The Court is currently having a small group of attorneys and other court users test the eFiling portion of the new addition, to generate feedback that will be used to help the court ensure its final eFiling product best meets the public’s needs. 

The Court anticipates launching this new addition to the DC Courts’ website within the

This Week in DC Courts' History...

on Wed, 08/26/2015 - 13:54

This past weekend our beautiful Historic Courthouse turned 195! The cornerstone was laid on August 22, 1820, with a mayoral proclamation issued stating that the building "is to be the seat of legislation and of the administration of justice for this metropolis." The Register said that the building would serve as a "temple of concord and wisdom." In June 1822, the Mayor, Register and City Council moved in to what was then known as City Hall. 

It's amazing to think the changes in the city that have gone on while this building stood tall, the 'Temple on a Green Hill' that Pierre L'Enfant

White House Drug Policy Director Keynotes August Drug Court Graduation

on Mon, 08/24/2015 - 19:43

On Wednesday, August 19, 2015 DC Superior Court’s Drug Court held its monthly progression and graduation ceremony. The ceremony was co-hosted by the Pretrial Services Agency (PSA), which provides the treatment and case management for the program. 

Superior Court Chief Judge Lee Satterfield and Clerk of Court James McGinley joined numerous friends and family members of the graduates in celebrating the accomplishments of not just the six who were graduating, but the numerous others who were progressing from one phase of the program to another.

The ceremony began with the graduates’

Probate Division Among Five Courts to Receive 2015 WINGS Award

on Mon, 08/10/2015 - 19:27

The morning session of the 4th Annual Mayor’s Senior Symposium began with DC Mayor Muriel Bowser sharing a personal story with an audience of about 800 senior citizens, most of them DC residents and some advocates of senior initiatives, including the DC Superior Court’s Guardianship Assistance Program (GAP).  Mayor Bowser’s parents, still residing in her childhood home in North Michigan Park, were victims of a burglary, when a man posed as a cable company representative, entered their home.

DC Superior Court's Drug Intervention Program Featured at the National Association of Drug Court Professional's Conference

on Fri, 08/07/2015 - 19:13

By Edward Harding

On Wednesday, July 29, 2015, the DC Superior Court’s Drug Intervention Program (SCDIP), also known as Drug Court, was featured at the National Association of Drug Court Professionals’ annual conference.  

Held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, the conference featured a mock hearing of the Superior Court’s Drug Court program.

Israeli Judge Visits DC Courts to See Best Practices

on Fri, 07/31/2015 - 18:39

By Michael O. Francis, DCSC Community Court Coordinator

The city of Ramla, Israel is going to open a new problem solving court in September 2015 and Judge Nira Duskin has been chosen to preside over the court.  Judge Duskin came to the United States in June to learn how problem-solving courts are managed and run in the United States, and one of her three U.S. stops was DC Superior Court.