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Number of complaints and applicants to DC courts on the rise

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The Judicial Update

February 26, 2012

Washington, D.C.: The number of both applications to join the courts and complaints against sitting judges on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and Superior Court of the District of Columbia are on the rise since 2010, according to the District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission.

In 2011 there were 54 complaints made against judges, only one of which resulted in "an informal conference with the judge involved". The judge in question was not specified. So far in 2012 24 complaints have been filed, 16 of which have been dismissed and the remaining eight are still under review.[1]

In 2012, there were between 21 to 32 applicants for vacancies on the courts. In 2011 there were between 31 to 38 applicants for openings. Speakers for the Commission credit the greater exposure that the Commission has had in recent years for the growth in both applications and complaints.[1]