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District of Columbia Court of Appeals Judges

Types of Judges

Chief Judge — An Associate Judge who is designated by the Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) to act as the Judicial Administrator for the D.C. Court of Appeals. The Chief Judge also serves as the Chair of the Joint Committee that oversees the administration of both the D.C. Court of Appeals and the Superior Court. The Chief Judge is appointed to a four-year term and may apply to the JNC to be reappointed for additional four-year terms.

Associate Judge — An Active Judge who was selected for consideration to serve on the D.C. Court of Appeals by the JNC, nominated by the President of the United States, and confirmed by the United States Senate. The D.C. Courts are Article I courts, and a judge is appointed to a fifteen-year term that is subject to renewal. Associate judges may serve until they reach the age of 74 years, at which time they either apply to become Senior Judges or retire.

Senior Judge — A Retired Judge who (1) is a former Chief or Associate judge, (2) has requested and received a recommendation from the District of Columbia Commission on Judicial Disability and Tenure to be appointed as a Senior Judge and (3) who the Chief Judge determines should be appointed. The recommendation of the Commission and the decision by the Chief Judge regarding appointment are final. The appointments are four-year terms until the Senior judge reaches the age of 74 years; thereafter, appointments are two- year terms. The appointments are renewable.

Chief Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby
Chief Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby

The Honorable Anna Blackburne-Rigsby was sworn in as Chief Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals on March 17, 2017. As Chief Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, Chief Judge Blackburne-Rigsby chairs the Joint Committee on Judicial Administration for the District of Columbia. Prior to being designated Chief Judge, Chief Judge Blackburne-Rigsby was nominated by President George W. Bush in August 2006 to serve as an Associate Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. Before that, Chief Judge Blackburne-Rigsby, nominated by President William Jefferson Clinton, served as an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia from 2000-2006, and served as a Magistrate Judge on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia from 1995-2000.

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Associate Judge Phone number Bio
Beckwith, Corinne A. (202) 879-2728
Easterly, Catharine F. (202) 879-2786
Fisher, John R. (202) 879-2751
Glickman, Stephen H. (202) 879-2741
McLeese, Roy W. (202) 879-2762
Thompson, Phyllis D. (202) 879-2781
Senior Judge Phone number Bio
Farrell, Michael W. (202) 879-2795
Ferren, John M. (202) 879-2757
Nebeker, Frank Q. (202) 879-2756
Pryor, William C. (202) 879-2757
Reid, Inez Smith (202) 879-2756
Ruiz, Vanessa (202) 879-2757
Steadman, John M. (202) 879-2756
Washington, Eric T. (202) 879-2771