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The Effectiveness of Drug Court - Listen to the Podcast!

on Fri, 01/23/2015 - 18:58

Judge Gregory Jackson, who presides over the DC Drug Court program, was recently interviewed, along with a drug court graduate, ‘Gene,’ about drug court and how and why it is so successful.  That interview is now available as a podcast, on the DC Public Safety Radio Show website. 

Click here to learn more about this incredibly successful program that is helping those with substance abuse issues turn their lives around and rebuild their families. 


Crime Victims Compensation Program Highlighted in Department of Justice Report

on Tue, 12/09/2014 - 18:41

The Superior Court's Crime Victims Compensation Program (CVCP) was one of five nationwide programs highlighted by the US Department of Justice in its Innovative Practices for Victim Services - Report from the Field.

The report notes that CVCP has two locations and provides one-on-one assistance, which helps ensure that victims receive all applicable benefits and reduces errors that can slow down the time it takes for victims to be compensated.

DC Family Court Handbook for Parties without an Attorney

on Fri, 12/05/2014 - 19:43

The DC Superior Court’s Family Court recently published a handbook for residents who do not have an attorney representing them in divorce, custody, and child support cases. The handbook contains information on various topics such as DC laws and rules regarding divorce, custody, and child support, and what to expect before, during, and after filing such cases.

In addition, the Court has a Family Court Self Help Center to assist those without an attorney. The Center is located in room JM-570 at 500 Indiana Avenue, NW, DC, 20001

Click here to access the handbook.

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DC Superior Court and the CFSA Co-Hosted the 28th Annual Adoption Day

on Mon, 12/01/2014 - 17:37

On Saturday, November 22nd, DC Superior Court’s Family Court and the DC Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) co-hosted the 28th Annual Adoption Day ceremony, an event designed to celebrate the joy of adoption.  Thirty-eight adoptions were finalized as the new families were introduced and their respective judges signed the adoption decrees.   

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Mayor Vincent Gray, and CFSA Director Brenda Donald gave special remarks underscoring the importance of adoption in the District.

DC Courts Celebrates Thanksgiving with Annual Tradition

on Tue, 11/25/2014 - 22:12

DC Courts Volunteers
The DC Courts would like to thank all who contributed to our annual Thanksgiving Food Drive.  For over 25 years, we have been able to serve thousands of families in the District a healthy meal!  This year, we exceeded our stated goal of 100 hundred families as we accommodated 110 resulting in over 500 people being fed.  With coordination from many Court volunteers, donations of non-perishable food items, and other contributions, we were able to continue using this festive holiday of appreciation to serve families who have come in contact with our courts.


Judge Melvin Wright Talks Jury Duty

on Thu, 11/06/2014 - 20:45

On Monday, November 3, 2014, Judge Melvin Wright of the DC Superior Court was a guest panelist on WAMU’s The Diane Rehm Show speaking on the topic of “Jury Duty in America Today.”  Judge Wright is not only the Presiding Judge of the Court’s Civil Division but also serves as Chair of the Jury Committee.

The show featured legal professionals and professors including Andrew Ferguson from The University of the District of Columbia School of Law and author of “Why Jury Duty Matters: A Citizen’s Guide to Constitutional Action.”

The discussion began with a dialogue about the percentage of people