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District of Columbia Court of Appeals

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District of Columbia Court of Appeals
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The District of Columbia Court of Appeals is the court of last resort in Washington, D.C. The Court is the highest court in the District of Columbia and was established by Congress in 1970. The court is comprised of a chief judge and eight associate judges. In addition, retired judges serve the court who have been approved as Senior judges.


The D.C. Court of Appeals is the equivalent of a state supreme court. As the court of last resort for the District of Columbia, the Court of Appeals reviews all final orders, judgments and specified interlocutory orders of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The Court also has jurisdiction to review decisions of administrative agencies, boards, and commissions of the District of Columbia, as well as to answer questions of law certified by federal and state appellate courts. The Court reviews proposed rules of the District's Superior Court and its own rules.

Cases before the court are heard by randomly selected, three-judge panels, unless a hearing before the court sitting en banc is requested and ordered. A hearing or rehearing before the Court en banc may be ordered by a majority of the judges in regular active service, generally only when consideration by the full court is necessary to maintain uniformity of its decisions, or when the case involves a question of exceptional importance.

Administrative authority

In the exercise of its jurisdiction over members of the legal profession, the Court created the District of Columbia Bar and possesses the power to approve the rules regarding attorney discipline. The Court approves rules regarding attorney conduct and has established rules governing the admission of members of the District of Columbia Bar and the resolution of complaints concerning the unauthorized practice of law in the District of Columbia[1]


Associate Judges

Senior Judges


Fiscal Year Filings Dispositions
2013 1,604 2,049
2012 2,126 1,845
2011 1,803 2,030
2010 1,693 1,881
2009 1,699 1,886
2008 1,726 1,772
2007 1,510 1,837



Financial disclosure

See also: Center for Public Integrity Study on State Supreme Court Disclosure Requirements

In December 2013, the Center for Public Integrity released a study on disclosure requirements for state supreme court judges. Analysts from the Center reviewed the rules governing financial disclosure in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as personal financial disclosures for the past three years. The study found that 42 states and Washington D.C. received failing grades. Washington D.C. earned a grade of F in the study. No state received a grade higher than "C". Furthermore, due in part to these lax disclosure standards, the study found 35 instances of questionable gifts, investments overlapping with caseloads and similar potential ethical quandaries. The study also noted 14 cases in which justices participated although they or their spouses held stock in the company involved in the litigation.[5]

See also

External links


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