Court of Appeals
Congress established the District of Columbia Court of Appeals as the highest court of the District of Columbia in 1970. The court consists of a chief judge and eight associate judges. The court is assisted by the service of retired judges who have been recommended and approved as senior judges.
The DC Court of Appeals is the equivalent of a state supreme court. As the highest court for the District of Columbia, the Court of Appeals is authorized to review all final orders, judgments and specified interlocutory orders of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The Court also has jurisdiction to review contested case decisions of administrative agencies, boards, and commissions of the District of Columbia government, as well as to answer questions of law certified by federal and state appellate courts. As authorized by Congress, the Court reviews proposed rules of the Superior Court and promulgates its own rules. Additionally, the Court oversees attorneys who are members of its Bar.
1/19/2018 Mandatory eFiling at the DC Court of Appeals
On Tuesday, February 20th, 2018, eFiling will become mandatory for all attorneys practicing at the DC Court of Appeals. This includes all agency attorneys who are not DC Bar members as well as attorneys practicing pro hac vice. Pro se litigants will still have the option to file at the court’s Public Office. Review the administrative order governing eFiling.
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