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If Representing yourself in an appeal

Please see below a series of guides and resources to assist potential litigants without attorneys in the appeals process. Click to learn more about appeals matters.

Free Legal Services Providers for Non-Criminal Appeals

The following legal services organizations may be able to represent people at the DC Court of Appeals without having to pay for their lawyers’ time.

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Agency Appeals Guide

This guide is for people who don't have a lawyer and are representing themselves in appeals from decisions that were made by a DC administrative agency, after a hearing.

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Civil Appeals

This guide is for people who don't have a lawyer and are representing themselves in appeals of civil cases in which seek more than $5000 in damages. You should not use this guide if your case is an appeal of a DC agency decision, a Landlord and Tenant case, or a Small Claims case (filed in the Small Claims branch and seeking $5000 or less).

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Landlord and Tennant Appeals

This guide is for people who don't have a lawyer and are representing themselves in an appeal of a decision by a DC Superior Court judge in a Landlord and Tenant case.

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Small Claims Appeals

This guide is for people who don't have a lawyer and are representing themselves in an appeal of a decision of a DC Superior Court judge in a small claims case (meaning you are seeking $5000 or less).

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Contact
Court of Appeals

Historic Courthouse
430 E Street, NW, Room 115,
Washington, DC 20001

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Hours of Operation

Mondays-Friday:
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Telephone Numbers

General Information:
(202) 879-2700