Welcome to the District of Columbia Courts
About D.C. CourtsWelcome to the District of Columbia Courts. The Courts are here to serve you, and we hope that this information will make it easier for you to complete your business with us. If you have any suggestions about how we might better assist you, please leave a note in any of the suggestion boxes located throughout the Courts, or contact the Executive Office, Room 1500, 500 Indiana Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20001. (202) 879-1700.
- The D.C. Courts are comprised of the D.C. Court of Appeals, the Superior Court of D.C., and the Court System, which provides administrative support to both courts.
- The D.C. Courts are the third branch of the District of Columbia government. The Mayor presides over the executive branch and the Council of the District of Columbia is the legislative branch. The Courts hear and decide cases based on the evidence and the applicable law.
- There are about 120 judges in the two courts as well as 24 magistrate judges and a professional staff of approximately 1,500.