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DC Courts' CoronaVirus Advisories

Haga click para Español | ኮቪድ-19 በተመለከተ ወቅታዊ መረጃዎች በአማርኛ ለማግኘት እዚህ ይጫኑ

A Message from DC Court of Appeals Chief Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby

ASL Update: DC Courts Operating Status

General Statements and Updates

DC COURT OF APPEALS UPDATE 5/22/2020 -- Due to the overwhelming level of interest in the September 2020 DC Bar Examination, the court will not be able to seat applicants who do not meet the priority criteria listed in the court’s May 4 Order. The Court expects to open registration for additional priority applicants and will provide two days’ notice prior to opening the applications. Please check this website for updates.

DC Superior Court Update - DC Superior Court May 14 Order expanding the number and types of cases that will be heard through June 19.
Ver orden enmendada expandiendo los tipos y número de casos hasta el 19 de junio de 2020.
ትዕዛዝ 5/14/20 ተሻሽሏል

DC Superior Court Update - 4/27 @ 2pm The DC Superior Court is now accepting requests for videoconference weddings. If you would like to have a judge or court official perform your wedding ceremony, please check the appropriate box on your marriage license application. In addition, the Family Court Division is now accepting new divorce and custody fililngs. Click here for instructions on how to file. Call 202/879-1212 with any questions.

DC Superior Court Update - 4/17 @ 6pm
The DC Superior Court's Marriage Bureau is now processing marriage license applications remotely.
Click here to read the notice from the Clerk of Court with details on how to apply.
Notificación de las Operaciones de la Oficina de Matrimonios.
የጋብቻ ቢሮ ክንውኖች ማስታወቂያ

Rescheduling of Criminal Division Hearings Set Prior to May 18th
This second rescheduling order resets all criminal division court dates scheduled between May 1 and May 15th to a future date in July. To see the order itself, click here.
Addendum Calendaring Dates from May 1 - May 15

DC Superior Court Update 4/10 @ 4:00pm Updated Probate Division Court Proceedings and Operations | Spanish
 

DC Superior Court Update - 4/10 @ 2:30 - Domestic Violence Division Standing Order, Scheduling Order and Legal Service Provider Resource List

 

DC Court of Appeals Update - 4/10 @ 1pm

The July DC Bar Exam has been cancelled (PDF) ; final decision re: fall bar exam to be announced by May 4.

DC Superior Court Update 4/6

DCSC Clerks Office Notice regarding Marriage Bureau, Landlord Tenant and Consumer Law Resource Centers, and Auditor Master's Office.
Notice of Revised Clerks' Offices Operations
Notificación de las Operaciones de las Oficinas de la Secretaría
የሲፒርየር ፍርድ ቤት የክለርክ (ጸሀፊ) ቢሮዎች የርቀት አሰራሮች ኤፕሪል 6፣ 2020 የተሻሻለ

DC Superior Court Update - Clerk’s Offices Remote Operations 3/26/2020

In response to COVID-19 all clerk’s offices for Superior Court are operating in a remote status with no staff on-site. We have employees available to answer questions via telephone, email and Live Chat. Due to the limited resources for processing mail, please call or email a request, document or image of a document to avoid a delay in processing your request. Below is information regarding operations that will be conducted remotely by the Clerk’s Offices. All emergency hearings will be conducted by the judge remotely.

Clerk's Offices Remote Operations Information

Vea en Español: Notificación de las Operaciones de las Oficinas de la Secretaría.

የሱፒርየር ፍርድ ቤት የክለርክ (ጸሀፊ) ቢሮዎች የርቀት አሰራሮች (ሪሞት ኦፐሬሽንስ)
 

DC Superior Court Advisory re: Jurors Office 3/23/2020 - 2pm

The Jurors’ Office is operating remotely until further notice. Jurors are encouraged to visit www.dccourts.gov/jurorservices to complete their juror questionnaire, defer service, or upload requests for excuse. Please do not send mail to the office. Staff may be reached in the following ways:
eMail: jurorhelp [at] dcsc.gov
Telephone: 202-879-4604
Live Chat: www.dccourts.gov/jury (8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
On average, response time is 24 business hours (or less).

 

DC Superior Court Advisory - 3/20/2020, 3pm

Due to the current public health emergency, the Office of Court Interpreting Services is operating remotely. If you need language access assistance, please call 202-879-4828 or email interpreters [at] dcsc.gov.
 

DC Superior Update 3/19, 4:15pm

The Library in the Moultrie Courthouse will be closed until further notice. Please continue to check this page for updates.
 

DC Superior Court Order Suspending Additional Court Proceedings - 3/18/2020 at 6pm

Pursuant to the authority given to the Chief Judges by the Joint Committee on Judicial Administration this morning, DC Superior Court Chief Judge Morin has further reduced the number of courtrooms that will be operational in the Moultrie Courthouse. The order provides details on the limited operations that will go forward, which include: adult arraignments and presentments (courtroom C-10); juvenile, neglect and abuse initial hearings (courtroom JM-15); emergency matters - one courtroom for criminal, a second for civil and probate; extraditions; and judge in chambers. Show cause hearings will come before the judge hearing criminal emergency matters.

Temporary Protection Order (TPO) requests will go through the Emergency Temporary Protection Order (ETPO) process which will be accessible 24/7 during the time of reduced court operations. If you are in DC and are in immediate danger, please call the Metropolitan Police Department or the DC SAFE Critical Response Team (800) 407-5048 to access the ETPO process and find out you qualify for a TPO
 

March 17, 3pm

The Child Care Center is closed until further notice. Please check for updates.
 

Statement of Chief Judge Blackburne-Rigsby/DC Court of Appeals coronavirus advisory - March 16, 2pm 

As Chair of the DC Courts' Joint Committee on Judicial Administration, I want to assure the public that the DC Courts understand the urgency of addressing the Coronavirus emergency. I also want to keep the public informed of the latest steps the DC Courts are taking to reduce risks of the Coronavirus while also ensuring that urgent criminal justice and public safety matters are handled and access to justice is maintained.

As you can see in the advisories posted in the last few days on www.dccourts.gov/coronavirus, the DC Superior Court has significantly reduced its operations, and only those matters that are urgent and crucial to public safety will go forward.

The DC Court of Appeals has just posted an updated and more detailed Coronavirus operations plan. The Court is not closing and is open for all new filings, through our eFiling process and via email for pro se parties who are not registered eFilers. The court will continue to decide motions and issue decisions on already argued and submitted cases during this time. However, all oral arguments scheduled through March 31, 2020, are cancelled. The Court will continue to decide cases on the summary calendar. Filing deadlines are being tolled until March 31, meaning if a filing is due 3/16 to 3/30, it may be filed on 3/31. The Court's eFiling rules that require that two paper copies be provided to the court are suspended. The Committee on Admissions (CoA) and the Committee on Unauthorized Practice of Law offices will be closed to the public until 3/31. However, the CoA Office will continue to receive and process applications, and grade the February 2020 bar exam. Appellate mediations will be rescheduled. Please see the order below (it's also available on https://www.dccourts.gov/court-of-appeals).

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we all collectively deal with this unprecedented health crisis.

Order regarding the District of Columbia Court of Appeals is adjusting its operations to address concerns regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
 

DC Superior Court coronavirus advisory - March 16, 9am 

Citation Arraignments- scheduled between March 17 and April 15, 2020 are continued for eight weeks from the originally scheduled date, as reflected in the chart below:

ORIGINAL CITATION ARRAIGNMENT DATE CONTINUED CITATION ARRAIGNMENT DATE
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 May 12, 2020
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 May 13, 2020
Thursday, March 19, 2020 May 21, 2020*
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 May 19, 2020
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 May 20, 2020
Thursday, March 26, 2020 May 21, 2020
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 May 26, 2020
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 May 27, 2020
Thursday, April 2, 2020 May 28, 2020
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 June 2, 2020
Wednesday, April 8, 2020 June 3, 2020
Thursday, April 9, 2020 June 4, 2020
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 June 9, 2020
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 June 10, 2020


DC Superior Court Advisory - March 15, 6pm 

Individuals with grand jury duty beginning on Monday, March 16, need not report. Those individuals currently serving on a grand jury are excused for a two-week period of time and should report to the US attorney’s office on March 30 absent further instruction from the court.
 

DC Superior Court Advisory - March 15, 3pm 

Statement of Chief Judge Robert Morin:

The DC Superior Court places great priority the safety and well-being of the more than 10,000 people who enter our court buildings each workday. In light of concerns regarding COVID and guidance to avoid non-essential public interactions, the Court will suspend a number of its usual activities for the next several weeks. Here is an overview of the plan, as well as a court order, with more details.

Vea el plan de operaciones del Tribunal Superior en las próximas semanas. Haga click para el resumen. 

Please note that the Court will still be open and judges will be available to hear emergency matters, as well as those outlined in the plan as not being postponed.

We appreciate everyone's patience and cooperation.
 

DC Court of Appeals Operating Status Update, March 13, 2020, 6pm:  

This is an update on the status of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals’ operations in light of the current public health emergency due to the coronavirus. The Court of Appeals is not closing, but will remain open with some precautionary measures in place. To reduce the spread of the virus, we encourage all counsel and members of the public to increase their use of the court’s online services, such as e-filing and live-streaming oral arguments. On Monday, March 16, 2020, the Court of Appeals will be posting additional details regarding measures the court is taking in light of the coronavirus.

Specifically with respect to e-filing, starting Monday, March 16, 2020, the court will suspend the requirement for the filing of paper copies of electronically filed documents. See Electronic Filing and Service (ESF) Procedure 8. See also DCCA Administrative Order 1-18.

At this time, all oral arguments will go forward as scheduled, but requests for continuances by counsel because of particularized health concerns will be given special consideration.  If you would like to observe oral arguments remotely, this weblink contains instructions for accessing live audio and video streams.

We encourage all visitors of the courthouse to take appropriate safety and health precautions and practice personal safety behaviors. If you (a) have been diagnosed with COVID-19, (b) have had known contact with a person with the virus, (c) have been asked to self-quarantine, or (d) are experiencing flu-like symptoms, please do not enter the courthouse to conduct business. Instead, please call the Clerk of the Court or the Public Office for assistance: (202) 879-2700.

For counsel and pro se parties who need to file an emergency pleading in this court, continue to follow the procedures outlined in this court’s rules.

The DC Courts posted a coronavirus advisory, below, which contains updates on the courts’ efforts to respond to this public health emergency. We encourage you to review that advisory, in addition to other public health warnings issued by the District.

Please see the notice below regarding DC Superior Court operating status.
 

DC Superior Court Corona Virus Advisory, 3/13/2020, 3:30pm  

On Monday morning, March 16, the DC Superior Court will post a detailed announcement in light of COVID 19 concerns.  

The Court is not closing, but will be changing its operations to postpone all non-urgent matters or to conduct them telephonically. The announcement will provide information regarding trials and urgent matters.

The Court will keep the number of people, including jurors, who need to report to the courthouse to a minimum. Those with jury duty should call in the night before their service to 879-4604 (select Option 5) to find out if they need to report.

The Court will suspend evictions of all tenants and foreclosed homeowners.

Counsel should check the Court’s website for more information on how particular case types will be handled during this time. A detailed announcement on these changes will be posted here, as will changes to the plan as the situation evolves.
 

03/12 Update

Among the D.C. Courts’ highest priorities are the safety and welfare of members of the public in our facilities, staff from partner agencies, and court employees. We want to assure everyone that the DC Courts are taking precautions to maintain a safe and healthy court environment for all in light of the recently-declared pandemic of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Current events, including confirmed reports in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia, have placed renewed emphasis on the Courts’ preparation for emergencies and continuity of operations. The DC Courts’ leadership and our security team are actively monitoring news and information about the spread of COVID-19 and will provide updates as warranted.

To ensure the continuity of court operations, the Courts have:

  • Finalized their Pandemic Contingency Plan,
  • Begun pandemic working group meetings to identify activities to enhance the Courts’ readiness to respond as the virus become more pervasive in DC and continuity of operations (COOP) plan needs to be put in place,
  • Increased the placement of hand sanitizers in public offices at the court buildings to maintain a safe and clean work environment,
  • Increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting services in high public contact areas of the court campus (we note that the US Center for Disease Control recommends regular cleaning as a crucial step towards limiting the spread of the virus),
  • Expanded our usual telework options for eligible employees and told managers that any employee who feels ill should stay home
  • Modified the requirement that court-appointed guardians make monthly in-person visits to their wards, consistent with the policy of the facility where a ward resides, while ensuring the health, safety and welfare of individuals who are among the most vulnerable.
  • People summoned for jury duty who are unable to serve on the summons date can use the eJuror system on the DC Courts’ website or contact the Jurors Office at 202/879-4604 to request a deferral.

The DC Courts are continuously reassessing how best to address the evolving situation. We will post additional information on our website’s homepage, facebook page and the DC Courts’ twitter feed. The DC Courts are committed to seeing that we meet our mission of providing justice to all during this challenging time.

Orders

DC Court of Appeals Update 5/21/2020 Order Regarding DC Court of Appeals Operating Status through June 30

DC Superior Court Update - DC Superior Court May 14 Order expanding the number and types of cases that will be heard through June 19.
Ver orden enmendada expandiendo los tipos y número de casos hasta el 19 de junio de 2020.
ትዕዛዝ 5/14/20 ተሻሽሏል

DC Superior Court Promulgation Order (20-04) and Board of Judges Resolution increasing the the Crime Victims Compensation Program's maximum for food and emergency shelter during the pandemic - 4/15/2020 - 6pm

DC Superior Court Update - 4/1/2020 - 6pm

Addendum to the General Order of March 18, updated March 19, to clarify the status of expiration dates for Deferred prosecution agreements (DPAs), deferred sentencing agreements (DSAs) and probationary terms in matters pending in the Criminal and Domestic Violence Divisions.
 

Superior Court Advisory 3/31/2020 - 4pm

The Civil Division has an addendum to the general order addressing the tolling of various deadlines due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see the links below in English and Spanish.
Addendum to General Order Addressing Tolling of Deadlines due to COVID-19
Addendum a la Orden General Relativa a los Casos Civiles

ወረርሽኝ በተመለከተ ለተላለፈው ጠቅላላ ትእዛዝ ተጨማሪ መግለጫ (አደንደም)  

DC SUPERIOR COURT ADVISORY - March 27, 2020, 4pm

The following two orders were issued this afternoon:

DC Court of Appeals Order 3/23/2020 -3pm

DCCA Order Updating 3/16 Order, Covering Operations through May 31

 

DC Superior Court Update - Sunday 3/22, 2:30pm

ORDER ESTABLISHING PROCEDURES, EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, FOR FILING EMERGENCY MOTIONS FOR RELEASE FROM CUSTODY DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

 

Order Further Reducing DC Superior Court Court Operations - 3/18/2020, updated 3/19/2020, 4pm

March 19 - 4pm - The update is a clarification, made in response to inquiries the court has received and to ensure understanding of the full scope of the suspension of time limits imposed by statutes and court rules.

Vea la orden de reducción de operaciones en el Tribunal Superior - 3/19/20
 

የሱፒርየር ፍርድ ቤት አሰራሮች የቀነሰ ትእዛዝ

Statement of DC Court of Appeals Chief Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby, chair of the Joint Committee on Judicial Administration - March 18 - 1:30pm

This morning the Joint Committee on Judicial Administration issued this order invoking emergency authority under the DC Code to give DC Superior Court Chief Judge Morin and me the authority to take needed steps during this public health crisis to toll deadlines and make other necessary changes to our respective court operations and rules to address the coronavirus risk. The DC Courts are endeavoring to meet emergency needs of the community, while minimizing exposure risk to the greatest extent possible.

Joint Committee on Judicial Administration Emergency Authority Order

 

Help for those without an Attorney

See information and resources available for self-represented litigants: LawHelp.org/DC.

LIST OF LEGAL SERVICE PROVIDERS FOR THOSE WITHOUT AN ATTORNEY.

Please check each division tab for information on current orders and operations.

Parties may file, and the court will rule on, applications for waivers of  filing fees and other costs. See more in the March 18 General Order.

DC Courts Update 4/6/2020 6pm - The Consumer Law Resource Center may be contacted by phone for assistance with emergency matters in a consumer case, such as attachment/freezing a bank account, contact the Consumer Law Resource Center at their temporary number, 202-780-2574. Please also see the 4/6 notice for information regarding free legal help with landlord tenant and other housing issues.

DC Superior Court Update - Clerk’s Offices Remote Operations 3/26/2020

In response to COVID-19 all clerk’s offices for Superior Court are operating in a remote status with no staff on-site. We have employees available to answer questions via telephone, email and Live Chat. Due to the limited resources for processing mail, please call or email a request, document or image of a document to avoid a delay in processing your request. Below is information regarding operations that will be conducted remotely by the Clerk’s Offices. All emergency hearings will be conducted by the judge remotely.

Clerk's Offices Remote Operations Information

Vea en Español: Notificación de las Operaciones de las Oficinas de la Secretaría.

የሱፒርየር ፍርድ ቤት የክለርክ (ጸሀፊ) ቢሮዎች የርቀት አሰራሮች (ሪሞት ኦፐሬሽንስ)

DC Courts Update - 3/25/2020 - 6pm

LIST OF LEGAL SERVICE PROVIDERS FOR THOSE WITHOUT AN ATTORNEY

 

Jury Duty

Those summoned for either petit and grand need not report. Jurors can complete the juror questionnaire, defer jury duty service and make requests to be excused from jury duty service online at www.dccourts.gov/jurorservices. Jurors can also email the completed questionnaire or an image of their completed questionnaire to jurorhelp [at] dcsc.gov. The Jurors’ Office is returning calls to those who leave messages on 202-879- 4604, responding to emails sent to jurorhelp [at] dcsc.gov and available 8:30am-5pm Monday through Friday to answer questions on Live Chat (click on the Live Chat button on the right side of the webpage at https://www.dccourts.gov/jurors/about-your-juryduty).

Appeals

DC COURT OF APPEALS UPDATE 5/22/2020 -- Due to the overwhelming level of interest in the September 2020 DC Bar Examination, the court will not be able to seat applicants who do not meet the priority criteria listed in the court’s May 4 Order. The Court expects to open registration for additional priority applicants and will provide two days’ notice prior to opening the applications. Please check this website for updates.

 

5/21/2020 Order Regarding DC Court of Appeals Operating Status through June 30

The Historic Courthouse remains closed due to the pandemic. Oral arguments will take place via videoconference beginning May 26; arguments will be live-streamed to the DC Courts' YouTube Channel. Parties please note changes to tolling of filing deadlines. Emergency filings should be emailed to emergencyfilings [at] dcappeals.gov. The order contains email addresses for questions from the public and the bar.

DC Court of Appeals Update - 5/4

The DC Court of Appeals Committee on Admissions has set September 9 and 10 for the next DC Bar Exam. Click here to see the May 4 order with more detailed information about registration).

DC Court of Appeals Update - 4/10 @ 1pm

The July DC Bar Exam has been cancelled (PDF) ; final decision re: fall bar exam to be announced by May 4.

3/23/2020 Order Regarding DC Court of Appeals Operating Status

By Order of the Chief Judge, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals has further adjusted its operations to address concerns regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), through May 31, 2020. This order supersedes the 3/16 order.

Statement of Chief Judge Blackburne-Rigsby/DC Court of Appeals coronavirus advisory - March 16, 2pm

As Chair of the DC Courts' Joint Committee on Judicial Administration, I want to assure the public that the DC Courts understand the urgency of addressing the Coronavirus emergency. I also want to keep the public informed of the latest steps the DC Courts are taking to reduce risks of the Coronavirus while also ensuring that urgent criminal justice and public safety matters are handled and access to justice is maintained.

As you can see in the advisories posted in the last few days on www.dccourts.gov/coronavirus, the DC Superior Court has significantly reduced its operations, and only those matters that are urgent and crucial to public safety will go forward.

The DC Court of Appeals has just posted an updated and more detailed Coronavirus operations plan. The Court is not closing and is open for all new filings, through our eFiling process and via email for pro se parties who are not registered eFilers. The court will continue to decide motions and issue decisions on already argued and submitted cases during this time. However, all oral arguments scheduled through March 31, 2020, are cancelled. The Court will continue to decide cases on the summary calendar. Filing deadlines are being tolled until March 31, meaning if a filing is due 3/16 to 3/30, it may be filed on 3/31. The Court's eFiling rules that require that two paper copies be provided to the court are suspended. The Committee on Admissions (CoA) and the Committee on Unauthorized Practice of Law offices will be closed to the public until 3/31. However, the CoA Office will continue to receive and process applications, and grade the February 2020 bar exam. Appellate mediations will be rescheduled. Please see the order below (it's also available on https://www.dccourts.gov/court-of-appeals).

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we all collectively deal with this unprecedented health crisis.

Order regarding the District of Columbia Court of Appeals is adjusting its operations to address concerns regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

 

Civil (Landlord Tenant and Small Claims)

** Beginning on Monday, May 18, judges will conduct telephonic hearings on emergency and urgent matters in CA cases five days per week in three virtual courtrooms. Until further order, the Division will not conduct trials.

The Civil Division has an addendum to the general order addressing the tolling of various deadlines due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see the links below in English, Spanish and Amharic.

Addendum to General Order Addressing Tolling of Deadlines due to COVID-19
Addendum a la Orden General Relativa a los Casos Civiles
ወረርሽኝ በተመለከተ ለተላለፈው ጠቅላላ ትእዛዝ ተጨማሪ መግለጫ (አደንደም)

See alsoAddendum to the General Order Concerning Civil Cases (Amended May 26) explaining deadlines and tolling.

The Clerk of Court's 3/26 Remote Operations Summary provided that the Civil Division will continue to process all documents submitted via eFiling. Emergency motions will be forwarded to the judge for review. Attorneys and self-represented litigants can file documents electronically using Case File Express at https://dc.casefilexpress.com/Login.aspx. Self-Represented litigants without access to eFiling can file emergency motions and applications for waiver of prepayment of cost (Fee Waiver Applications) by emailing these documents to Civilefilings [at] dcsc.gov. Fee Waiver Applications are available on our website's Judge in Chambers page

 

Emergency motions should be emailed to civilefilings [at] dcsc.gov.

 

Inquiries can be directed to the various Civil Clerk’s Offices using the following telephone numbers or by clicking the Live Chat button located on the right side of the webpage.
Civil Actions Branch: 879-1133 Live Chat: https://www.dccourts.gov/services/civil-matters/requesting-over-10k

Landlord and Tenant Branch: 879-4879 Live Chat: https://www.dccourts.gov/services/civil-matters/landlord-tenant
Small Claims Branch: 879-1120 Live Chat: https://www.dccourts.gov/services/civil-matters/requesting-10k-or-less

LANDLORD TENANT BRANCH (Non-payment of Rent/ Evictions) -
202-879-4879 Live Chat: https://www.dccourts.gov/services/civil-matters/landlord-tenant

Assistance for those without an attorney - Landlord/Tenant Branch
The Landlord Tenant Resource Center may be contacted by phone to obtain assistance with submitting an emergency motion for a landlord tenant matter. The temporary phone number is 202-780-2575. A tenant who is not able to file an emergency complaint for a housing issue and persons needing assistance with other court matters can contact Rising for Justice at 202-638.4798

All evictions of tenants and foreclosed homeowners are stayed (postponed) during the public health emergency declared by the Mayor.

A March 18 order provided that:

  • "any obligation of any tenant under a protective order to make payments into the court registry is suspended during the period of the emergency. Tenants should make these payments instead directly to landlords, and a landlord’s acceptance of a direct payment will not prejudice the landlord’s ability to prosecute the action. If a landlord seeks sanctions for violation of a protective order after the public health emergency ends, the court will consider, in addition to other relevant circumstances, exigent circumstances relating to the public health emergency, and

 

SMALL CLAIMS BRANCH -
To talk to a member of the Small Claims Branch staff, call 202-879-1120 Live Chat: https://www.dccourts.gov/services/civil-matters/requesting-10k-or-less

ASSISTANCE FOR THOSE WITHOUT AN ATTORNEY - The Consumer Law Resource Center provides information regarding small claims cases, debt collection, rent deposit recovery, and other consumer matters. You can contact the following number if you have an emergency in a consumer case, such as the attachment of your bank account, and are not able to submit the emergency motion and fee waiver application electronically: a. D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center - Consumer Law Resource Center Temporary Phone Line - 202-780-2574.

Crime Victims Compensation Program

All applications for crime victims’ compensation funds will be processed by staff remotely. New applications can be emailed to: CVCPapplications [at] DCSC.gov or completed online and submitted to the office by clicking the submit button at the bottom of the form. The application for crime victims’ compensation can be located on the Courts website at https://www.dccourts.gov/sites/default/files/CVCPApplicationMarch2020.pdf. If you are not able to complete an application online, you can contact the office via telephone at 202-879-4216 or email at CVCPOffice [at] dcsc.gov for assistance with new and existing claims.

Criminal

Judges and the Criminal Division will continue to operate remotely with hearings being conducted via telephone or videoconference from the Central Cellblock, the D.C. Jail, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and the community, except for Courtroom C10.

Six courtrooms will be operational and primarily dedicated to the following functions:

  • C-10- arraignments, presentments, bench warrant return, extradition, pretrial and probation show cause hearings.
  • 115- emergency bond review motions, fugitive and arrest warrants.
  • 317- mental observation and contested competency hearings.
  • 210- detained preliminary hearings.
  • 213- detained substantive non-evidentiary matters, including dispositions, scheduling and waivers of preliminary hearings, sentencings, etc.
  • 111- non-detained substantive non-evidentiary matters, including entry or completion of Deferred Prosecution or Sentencing Agreements, dispositions and sentencings.

Judges will have the ability to individual schedule hearings, not to exceed one day in length, on a case-by-case basis, subject to capacity.

 

Detained preliminary hearings and other matters may proceed upon the request of defense counsel and agreement of the United States Attorney’s Office or Office of the Attorney General, which agreement shall not be unreasonably withheld.

 

Attorneys and the defendant will appear via telephone or videoconference, with the consent of the defendant; witnesses and victims will also appear remotely.

 

Information about how to request a hearing can be found here and here.

  • The Criminal Division will not be conducting non-jury or jury trials at the present time.
  • The following matters will be continued to a future date pursuant to a set schedule, found here:
    • Citation arraignments
    • All status hearings (except detained status hearings set out of C-10)
    • Trials (both jury and non-jury, detained and non-detained)
    • Non-detained preliminary hearings
    • Probation Show Cause; the filing of an AVR shall toll the expiration of probation
    • Sentencing hearings
  • All deadlines and time limits in statutes, court rules, and standing and other orders issued by the court that would otherwise expire by June 19, 2020 are suspended, tolled and extended during the period of the current emergency.
  • Further details of the plan can be found here
Domestic Violence

The Domestic Violence Division Clerk’s Office will be available remotely from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The clerk’s office is available by phone at 202-879-0157 or by email at domesticviolencemanagement [at] dcsc.gov.

 

All judges and courtroom staff will continue to work remotely. Parties will appear via telephone or videoconference for hearings held in remote courtrooms.

 

Please see below general information about Domestic Violence Division (DVD) cases. For additional information about a DVD case, you can find the Domestic Violence Division Court Operations plan here.

 

On April 10, the DVD issued a Standing Order regarding procedures for requesting release from detention, as well as a Scheduling Order on when hearings that previously were scheduled through May 15 will be held. A new Scheduling Order with future dates for hearings set prior to June 19 is available here

 

Criminal Cases – Domestic Violence Misdemeanor (DVM) and Criminal Contempt (CCC)

  • Parties in DVM and CCC cases should continue to file electronically via CaseFileXpress.
  • All DVM arraignments will continue to be heard in Courtroom C10. CCC arraignments scheduled before June 19, 2020, will be continued.
  • All other hearings, including but not limited to status hearings, diversion matters, show cause hearings, trials, and sentencings, scheduled before June 19 will be continued consistent with a scheduling order issued by the presiding judge.
  • Until further order, the DVD will not be conducting non-jury trials.
  • Hearings in which a defendant is detained in the DVM or CCC case, including arraignments, emergency bond review motions, status hearings, and probation show cause hearings, will be heard in a remote DVD courtroom at the request of the defendant and with the agreement of the government.

Civil Protection Order (CPO) Cases and Temporary Protection Orders (TPOs)

  • Civil filings should be submitted through www.probono.net/dccourts or emailed to domesticviolencemanagement [at] dcsc.gov.
  • Requests for Temporary Protection Orders will continue to be heard remotely.
  • All existing TPO expiration dates shall be extended to the future date consistent with a scheduling order issued by the presiding judge.
  • All existing CPO expiration dates shall be extended to June 19 unless otherwise ordered by the court. All existing CPOs that would have expired prior to June 19, 2020, will expire on that date unless a Motion to Extend is filed prior to June 19, 2020.
  • CPO hearings and related-CPO hearings will be continued to a future date consistent with a scheduling order issued by the presiding judge.
  • Organizations Providing Free Legal Assistance for Civil Domestic Violence Cases

Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs): Requests for Ex Parte and Final ERPOS are available and can be made by emailing the filing to domesticviolencemanagement [at] dcsc.gov. The petition can be obtained from the DC Courts website here: https://www.dccourts.gov/sites/default/files/2019-07/Petition%20for%20Extreme%20Risk%20Protection%20Order%20.pdf

Family

All Family Court matters currently scheduled on or before June 19, 2020, will not be heard unless specifically set by the judge hearing the case. Parties whose cases are set will receive instructions on how to connect to the videoconference of the hearing.

Abuse & Neglect cases - the Court is hearing the following matters remotely: neglect initial hearings, emergency hearings, dispositions, consent hearings, pretrial and status hearings where necessary, stipulated trials, one day trials of any type. Neglect-related adoption petitions may be filed in a special electronic dropbox starting May 18.

Domestic Relations (Custody, divorce, child support) may be initiated online. Click here for information on how to file. All deadlines in orders issued before March 20 are extended by 90 days. Upon notification, the Court will hear cases that the parties represent are uncontested/ settled, as well as same-day emergency hearings. Emergency motions to modify custody or seek contempt and discretionary matters are also being held.

Juvenile Delinquency and PINS Juvenile delinquency initial and probable cause hearings will be held, as well as other emergency, status and disposition hearings, including the HOPE Court program and Juvenile Behavioral Diversion Program. In addition, trials of detained juveniles will be held if the parties agree.

Private adoption hearings will be held when possible.

Mental Habilitation cases - Counsel for respondents shall continue to file updated status reports pursuant to Administrative Order No 00-06.Review and emergency hearings will take place remotely, if all parties can access the hearing.

Mental Health probable cause hearings and the Mental Health Commission hearings will be held remotely.

The Marriage Bureau is processing applications for marriage licenses remotely and performing weddings by videoconference. Those who wish to apply for a marriage license should visit https://www.dccourts.gov/form/marriage-application.

Name changes - Uncontested and emergency requests are being heard.

Parentage & Support - Emergency cases and those that can be resolved based on filings are going forward. DNA testing is currently unavailable.

The Family Court will continue to process documents submitted via eFiling. Emergency matters will be forwarded to the judge for review and all hearings will be conducted remotely. Attorneys and self-represented litigants can file documents electronically using Case File Express at https://dc.casefilexpress.com/Login.aspx. Self-Represented litigants needing to file an emergency matter should contact the Self-Help Center at 202-879-0096.

Please call (202) 879-1212 with any questions.

The Self-Help Center (SHC) is operating remotely- those who would like the SHC's assistance should call 202/879-0096.

Mediation is available for parties able to participate remotely (via videoconference or by phone). Call 202-879-3180 or 202-879-9450 for more information.

The Supervised Visitation Center is conducting intake interviews and supervised visits remotely.

Probate

The Probate Division will continue to process documents submitted via eFiling. Emergency matters (21-day and provisional guardianship) will be forwarded to the judge for review and all hearings will be conducted remotely. Judges will also issue rulings for non-emergency matters, if no hearing is required.

**As of May 18, the court will be hearing intervention cases (21-day and 90-day temporary guardians and cases seeking appointment of a permanent guardian and/or conservator) remotely.

Attorneys and self-represented litigants can file documents electronically using Case File Express at https://dc.casefilexpress.com/Login.aspx.

Documents for non-emergency matters can also be mailed to the D.C. Superior Court Probate Division, 515 5th Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20001. Attention: Probate Clerk’s Office.

Please see the Probate Division’s webpage at https://www.dccourts.gov/services/probatematters for specific instructions on how to file a Petition for an emergency matter. You can contact the Probate Division by calling: 202-879-9460 or 202-879-9461, emailing Probateinquiries [at] dcsc.gov or clicking on Live Chat on the probate page or going to https://www.dccourts.gov/services/probate-matters

Please send Guardianship questions to: GuardianshipAssistanceProgram [at] dcsc.gov (.)
If you need prepayment of costs to be waived, please complete a Fee Waiver Application located on the DC Courts' website at https://www.dccourts.gov/services/judge-in-chambers/in-forma-pauperisfee-waiver

Tax & Auditor Master

All hearings and orders regarding document production are postponed/continued. Documents for matters before the Auditor Master Office can be emailed to Auditor.Master [at] dcsc.gov. For questions regarding your case, please contact 202-626-3280. For specific information regarding hearings and production of documents for the Auditor Masters Office, please read this notice and see the May 14 order.

TAX

Attorneys and self-represented litigants can file documents electronically using Case File Express at https://dc.casefilexpress.com/Login.aspx.

Self-Represented litigants can also email their pleadings or an image of their pleadings to TaxDocket [at] dcsc.gov and mail a check or money order for their filing fee to D.C. Superior Court, Tax Division, 500 Indiana Ave., NW, Suite 4100, Washington, DC 20001.

For questions, please contact the Tax Division at 202-879-1737 or by email at TaxDocket [at] dcsc.gov.