- The Criminal Division of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia is responsible for processing all local criminal matters including felony, misdemeanor, District of Columbia code violations and criminal traffic cases. However, all criminal domestic violence cases (DVM) are handled in the Domestic Violence Unit.
- The Criminal Division is administratively divided into four branches: Case Management, Special Proceedings, Quality Assurance, and Courtroom Support. It also oversees the operation of several specialized courts known as problem solving courts. The District of Columbia Courts now has eight community courts: D.C. Community Court, Mental Health Community Court, 1D Community Court, 2D/4D Community Court, 3D Community Court, 5D Community Court, 6D Community Court, and 7D Community Court.
The Criminal Division is composed of four branches:
Case Management BranchThe Case Management Branch processes and maintains all active case files, including all felony and serious misdemeanors that are prosecuted by the United States Attorney's Office traffic violations and minor misdemeanors that are prosecuted by the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia. The Branch also handles any requests for information from the public and processes motions to seal arrest records. The Case Management Branch is located in room 4000 of the Moultrie Courthouse.
Special Proceedings BranchThe Special Proceedings Branch processes and maintains all bench warrants and special proceedings cases (i.e. fugitives, witness subpoenas, arrest and search warrants, etc. Due to renovations of the Criminal Division, the Special Proceedings Branch has temporarily moved to room 4201 of the Moultrie Courthouse.
Quality Assurance BranchThe Quality Assurance Branch reviews all cases coming from the courtroom to ensure that the appropriate paperwork has been generated and that the paperwork and the Court's database are accurate. The Branch also coordinates with the D.C. Jail and the United States Marshals Service to ensure that all detained defendants are brought to the courthouse when they have a scheduled case. The Quality Assurance Branch is located in room 4110 of the Moultrie Courthouse.
Courtroom Support BranchThe Courtroom Support Branch is responsible for courtroom clerk staffing. Courtroom clerks assist the judges when they are presiding in the courtroom.
Hours of Operation
Hours of OperationMonday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Criminal Finance Office – Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
(after Criminal Finance closes, i.e. 5:30 p.m. on weekdays, and on Saturdays and Federal holidays, go to C-10 to arrange to post a bond – bond payments are accepted up until C-10 adjourns for the day)
LocationMoultrie Courthouse, 4th Floor (Room 4001)
Criminal Finance Office, 4th Floor (Room 4203)
Arraignment Court (Courtroom C10) Hours of Operation
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 1:00 p.m.
Tuesdays, and Thursdays, Citations are heard at 10:00 a.m. and Lockups are heard at 1:00 p.m.
Holidays 11:00 a.m.
TelephoneCriminal Information (202) 879-1373
Criminal Finance Office (202) 879-1840
Fax (202) 638-5352