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Reimagining the Courts

Overview | Reimagining the Court of Appeals | Reimagining the Superior Court

The DC Courts have remained open and operational throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, providing access to justice while continually prioritizing your health and safety as we have reimagined how we can better serve the public.

Like you, we have learned valuable lessons along the way. With a dedicated and committed court staff, we have expanded many resources - including virtual court proceedings.

We understand that not all court users have the resources to connect with us online and have established remote hearing sites in all quadrants of the city and in court buildings for those without computer or internet access. Working with greater efficiency to ensure a better court experience for you is how we reimagined the DC Courts.

Our success has come by leveraging technology in many aspects of our work. We have developed many innovations to increase our ability to perform essential Constitutional functions such as adjudicating disputes and protecting the rights and liberties of litigants. Our ability to conduct virtual and hybrid hearings was essential to addressing all cases brought before the Courts.

The ingenuity arising from our response to the pandemic demonstrates the benefit of technology to conduct a variety of court proceedings remotely, while maintaining some traditional in-person court appearances. This combined approach allows us to increase court appearances by participants, more efficiently dispose of cases, and increase access to justice for you.

We remain committed to providing justice for all in a fair and more accessible way, and we embrace many of the innovations developed during these challenging times. Although many of the changes are reflected in this Reimagining Plan, we anticipate future policy, practice, and rule modifications to affect this plan, and we will continue to seek innovations to better serve you.

As we each continue on this bold new path to transform our system to better serve you, we look forward to continued collaboration with stakeholders to ensure that we remain Open to All, Trusted by All, and provide Justice for All.