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Superior Court Rules of Civil Procedure

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Civil Rule 1. Scope and Purpose
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Civil Rule 2. One Form of Action
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Civil Rule 3. Commencing an Action
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Civil Rule 3-I. Actions Involving Real Property
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Civil Rule 4. Summons
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Civil Rule 4.1. Serving Other Process
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Civil Rule 4-I. Service by Publication
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Civil Rule 5. Serving and Filing Pleadings and Other Papers
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Civil Rule 5-I. Proof of Service
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Civil Rule 5-II. Pleadings and Orders Affecting Estates of Veterans
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Civil Rule 5-III. Sealed or Confidential Documents
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Civil Rule 5.1. Challenge to Validity or Constitutionality
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Civil Rule 5.1-I. Intervention by the United States or the District of Columbia
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Civil Rule 5.2 Privacy Protection for Filings Made with the Court
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Civil Rule 6. Computing and Extending Time_ Time for Motion Papers
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Civil Rule 6-I. Continuous Session of Court
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Civil Rule 7. Pleadings Allowed_ Form of Motions and Other Papers
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Civil Rule 7.1. Disclosure Statement
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Civil Rule 7-I. Stipulations
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Civil Rule 8. General Rules of Pleading
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Civil Rule 9. Pleading Special Matters
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Civil Rule 9-I. Verifications, Affidavits, and Declarations
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Civil Rule 10. Form of Pleadings
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Civil Rule 10-I. Pleadings Stationery and Locational Information
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Civil Rule 11. Signing Pleadings, Motions, and Other Papers_ Representations to Court_ Sanctions
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Civil Rule 12. Defenses and Objections
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Civil Rule 12-I. Motions Practice
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Civil Rule 13. Counterclaim and Crossclaim
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Civil Rule 14. Third-Party Practice
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Civil Rule 15. Amended and Supplemental Pleadings
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Civil Rule 16. Pretrial Conferences_ Pretrial Status Conferences_ Scheduling_ Management
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Civil Rule 16-I. Deleted
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Civil Rule 16-II Failure to Appear for Conference
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Civil Rule 17. Plaintiff and Defendant_ Capacity_ Public Officers
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Civil Rule 18. Joinder of Claims
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Civil Rule 19. Required Joinder of Parties
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Civil Rule 20. Permissive Joinder of Parties
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Civil Rule 21. Misjoinder and Nonjoinder of Parties
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Civil Rule 22. Interpleader
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Civil Rule 23. Class Actions
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Civil Rule 23.1. Derivative Actions
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Civil Rule 23.2. Actions Relating to Unincorporated Associations
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Civil Rule 23-I. Class Actions Procedure for Determining Whether Action May Be Maintained as Class Action_ Additional Notice Req
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Civil Rule 23-II. Deleted
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Civil Rule 24. Intervention
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Civil Rule 25. Substitution of Parties
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Civil Rule 26. Duty to Disclose_ General Provisions Governing Discovery
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Civil Rule 27. Depositions to Perpetuate Testimony
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Civil Rule 28. Persons Before Whom Depositions May Be Taken
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Civil Rule 28-I. Interstate Depositions and Discovery Procedures
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Civil Rule 28-II. Appointment of Examiner to Take Testimony of a Witness Residing Outside the District of Columbia_ Commissions
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Civil Rule 29. Stipulations About Discovery Procedure
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Civil Rule 30. Depositions by Oral Examination
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Civil Rule 31. Depositions by Written Questions
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Civil Rule 32. Using Depositions in Court Proceedings
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Civil Rule 33. Interrogatories to Parties
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Civil Rule 34. Producing Documents, Electronically Stored Information, and Tangible Things, or Entering onto Land, for Inspectio
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Civil Rule 35. Physical and Mental Examinations
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Civil Rule 36. Requests for Admission
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Civil Rule 37. Failure to Cooperate in Discovery_ Sanctions
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Civil Rule 38. Right to a Jury Trial_ Demand
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Civil Rule 38-I. Deleted
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Civil Rule 38-II. Failure to Appear for Trial as Consent to Trial Without Jury
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Civil Rule 39. Trial by Jury or by the Court
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Civil Rule 39-I. Appearance at Trial
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Civil Rule 39-II. Number of Counsel
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Civil Rule 40. Omitted
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Civil Rule 40-I. Assignment of Cases
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Civil Rule 40-II. Designation and Assignment of Cases to Civil I Calendars
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Civil Rule 40-III. Collection and Subrogation Cases
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Civil Rule 41. Dismissal of Actions
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Civil Rule 41-I. Deleted
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Civil Rule 42. Consolidation_ Separate Trials
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Civil Rule 43. Evidence
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Civil Rule 43-I. Record of a Regularly Conducted Activity_ Public Record_ Photographic Copies
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Civil Rule 43-II. Deleted
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Civil Rule 44. Proving an Official Record
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Civil Rule 44.1. Determining Foreign Law
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Civil Rule 44-I. Proving Statutes, Ordinances, and Regulations
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Civil Rule 45. Subpoena
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Civil Rule 46. Objecting to a Ruling or Order
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Civil Rule 47. Selecting Jurors
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Civil Rule 47-I. Deleted
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Civil Rule 48. Number of Jurors_ Verdict_ Polling
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Civil Rule 49. Special Verdict_ General Verdict and Questions
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Civil Rule 50. Judgment as a Matter of Law in a Jury Trial_ Related Motion for a New Trial_ Conditional Ruling
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Civil Rule 51. Instructions to the Jury_ Objections_ Preserving a Claim of Error
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Civil Rule 52. Findings and Conclusions by the Court_ Judgment on Partial Findings
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Civil Rule 53. Masters
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Civil Rule 53-I. Auditor-Master Fees
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Civil Rule 53-II. Deposit for Expenses
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Civil Rule 54. Judgment_ Costs
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Civil Rule 54-I. Witness Fees_ Costs of Depositions, Transcripts, and Bonds
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Civil Rule 54-II. Waiver of Costs, Fees, or Security
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Civil Rule 55. Default_ Default Judgment
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Civil Rule 55-I. Withdrawal of Jury Demand After Default
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Civil Rule 55-II. Ex Parte Proof by Motion of Pecuniary Losses_ Deficiency Judgment
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Civil Rule 55-III. Vacating Default or Default Judgment by Consent
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Civil Rule 56. Summary Judgment
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Civil Rule 57. Declaratory Judgment
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Civil Rule 58. Entering Judgment
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Civil Rule 59. New Trial_ Altering or Amending a Judgment
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Civil Rule 60. Relief from a Judgment or Order
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Civil Rule 61. Harmless Error
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Civil Rule 62. Stay of Proceedings to Enforce a Judgment
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Civil Rule 62.1. Indicative Ruling on a Motion for Relief That Is Barred by a Pending Appeal
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Civil Rule 62-I. Supersedeas Bond
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Civil Rule 62-II. Application for Termination of Stay or for Entry of Judgment
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Civil Rule 62-III. Enforcing Foreign Judgments; Recognizing Foreign-Country Money Judgments
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Civil Rule 63. Judge's or Magistrate Judge's Inability to Proceed
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Civil Rule 63-I. Bias or Prejudice of a Judge or Magistrate Judge
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Civil Rule 64. Seizing a Person or Property
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Civil Rule 64-I. Attachment Before Judgment
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Civil Rule 64-II. Replevin Actions
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Civil Rule 65. Injunctions and Restraining Orders
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Civil Rule 65.1. Proceedings Against a Surety
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Civil Rule 66. Receivers
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Civil Rule 67. Deposit into Court
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Civil Rule 67-I. Recording Money Paid to or by Clerk
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Civil Rule 68. Offer of Judgment
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Civil Rule 68-I. Judgment by Confession or Consent
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Civil Rule 69. Execution
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Civil Rule 69-I. Attachment After Judgment
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Civil Rule 69-II. Particular Provisions for Attachments of Wages After Judgment
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Civil Rule 70. Enforcing a Judgment for a Specific Act
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Civil Rule 70-I. Confirming, Vacating, or Modifying Arbitration Awards Under the Arbitration Amendments Act of 2007
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Civil Rule 71. Enforcing Relief for of Against a Nonparty
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Civil Rule 71.1. Condemning Real or Personal Property
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Civil Rule 71.1-I. Proceedings for Forfeiture of Property
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Civil Rule 72. Deleted
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Civil Rule 73. Magistrate Judges Trial by Consent_ Appeal
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Civil Rule 74. Omitted
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Civil Rule 75. Omitted
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Civil Rule 76. Omitted
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Civil Rule 77. Conducting Business_ Clerk's Authority_ Notice of an Order or Judgment
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Civil Rule 77-I. Deleted
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Civil Rule 77-II. Uncontested Motions for Security for Costs
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Civil Rule 78. Omitted
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Civil Rule 78-I. Deleted
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Civil Rule 79. Records Kept by the Clerk
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Civil Rule 79-I. Copies and Custody of Filed Papers
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Civil Rule 80. Stenographic or Digitally Recorded Transcripts as Evidence
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Civil Rule 81. Applicability of the Rules in General
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Civil Rule 82. Jurisdiction Unaffected
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Civil Rule 83. Directives by Judge or Magistrate Judge
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Civil Rule 83-I. Amendments of or Additions to Superior Court Rules of Civil Procedure
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Civil Rule 84. Forms
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Civil Rule 85. Title
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Civil Rule 86. Effective Dates
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Civil Rule 86-I. Deleted
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Civil Rule 101. Appearance and Withdrawal of Attorneys
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Civil Rule 102. Disciplinary Proceedings Against Attorneys
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Civil Rule 103. Employees Not to Practice Law
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Civil Rule 104. Avoidance and Resolution of Conflicts in Engagements of Counsel Among the Courts in the District of Columbia
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Civil Rule 201. Recording of Court Proceedings_ Release of Transcripts
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Civil Rule 202. Fees
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Civil Rule 203. Free Press--Fair Trial
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Civil Rule 204. Administrative Searches and Inspections
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Civil Rule 205. Change of Name
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Civil Rule 301. Compensation of Conservators and Guardians of Infants
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Civil Rule 302. Duties and Compensation of a Guardian Ad Litem in Conservatorship Proceedings
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Civil Rule 303. Bonds and Undertakings
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Civil Rule 304. Trustees, Conservators, Guardians Ad Litem, and Other Fiduciaries
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Civil Rule 305. Trust Funds_ Fiduciaries
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Civil Rule 306. Investments by a Fiduciary
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Civil Rule 307. Dower_ Life Estate
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Civil Rule 308. Court Sales of Real and Personal Property
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Civil Rule 309. Conferences
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Civil Rule 310. Conservatorships

Superior Court Rules of Civil Procedure Agency Review

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Agency Rule 1. Superior Court Review of Agency Orders Pursuant to D.C. Code 1981, Title 1, Chapter 6
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Agency Rule 2. Appeals From the Traffic Adjudication Appeals Board to the Superior Court Pursuant to D.C. Code 40-635
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Appendix to Agency Rule 1
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Appendix to Agency Rule 2

Superior Court Rules of Procedure for the Landlord and Tenant Branch

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L & T Rule 1. Scope of Rules
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L & T Rule 2. Applicability of Certain Superior Court Rules of Civil Procedure
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L & T Rule 3. Commencement of Action
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L & T Rule 3-I. Properties Subject to Court-Ordered Receiverships
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L & T Rule 4. Process
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L & T Rule 5. Pleading by the Defendant
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L & T Rule 6. Jury Demand
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L & T Rule 7. Time of Sessions, Office Hours, and Trials
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L & T Rule 7-I. Deleted
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L & T Rule 8. Attorneys Limitation of Cases
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L & T Rule 9. Persons Appearing in a Representative Capacity
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L & T Rule 10. Discovery
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L & T Rule 11. Preliminary Proceedings by the Clerk
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L & T Rule 11-I. Entry of Consent Judgment by the Interview and Judgment Officer
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L & T Rule 12. Proceedings by the Court
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L & T Rule 12-I. Protective Order
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L & T Rule 13. Motions
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L & T Rule 13-I. Motions in Cases Certified to Civil Actions Branch
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L & T Rule 14. Entry of Judgment
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L & T Rule 14-I. Dismissal for Failure to Prosecute
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L & T Rule 14-II. Redemption of Tenancy
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L & T Rule 15. Fees and Costs
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L & T Rule 16. Execution

Superior Court Rules of Procedure for the Small Claims and Conciliation Branch

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Small Claims Rule 1. Scope, Title, and Purpose
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Small Claims Rule 2. Applicability of Certain Superior Court Rules of Civil Procedure
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Small Claims Rule 3. Commencement of Actions
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Small Claims Rule 4. Service of Process
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Small Claims Rule 5. Pleadings
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Small Claims Rule 6. Jury Demand
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Small Claims Rule 7. Trials
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Small Claims Rule 8. Certification to the Civil Actions Branch
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Small Claims Rule 9. Persons Appearing in a Representative Capacity
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Small Claims Rule 10. Discovery
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Small Claims Rule 11. Preliminary Proceedings
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Small Claims Rule 12. Proceedings by the Court
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Small Claims Rule 13. Motions
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Small Claims Rule 13-I. Motions and Discovery in Cases Certified to the Civil Actions Branch
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Small Claims Rule 14. Costs
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Small Claims Rule 15. Judgment
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Small Claims Rule 16. Installment Payment of Judgment
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Small Claims Rule 17. Supplementary Proceedings in Wage Claims
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Small Claims Rule 18. Attorney's Fees
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Small Claims Arbitration Rule. 1 Judge as Arbitrator
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Small Claims Arbitration Rule 2. Consent to Arbitration
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Small Claims Arbitration Rule 3. Hearing; Taking Evidence; Additional Fees
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Small Claims Arbitration Rule 4. Withdrawing from Arbitration
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Small Claims Arbitration Rule 5. Written Award
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Small Claims Arbitration Rule 6. Recording the Award
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Small Claims Conciliation Rule 1-4. Deleted

Superior Court Rules of Criminal Procedure

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Criminal Rule 1. Scope_ Authority of the Chief Judge_ Definitions
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Criminal Rule 2. Interpretation
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Criminal Rule 3. The Complaint
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Criminal Rule 4. Arrest Warrant or Summons on a Complaint
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Criminal Rule 4-I. Use of Summons When Reprosecuting Offense
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Criminal Rule 4.1. Complaint, Warrant, or Summons by Telephone or Other Reliable Electronic Means
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Criminal Rule 5. Initial Appearance
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Criminal Rule 5-I. Deleted
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Criminal Rule 5.1. Preliminary Hearing
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Criminal Rule 6. The Grand Jury
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Criminal Rule 7. The Indictment and the Information
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Criminal Rule 8. Joinder of Offenses and of Defendants
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Criminal Rule 9. Arrest Warrant or Summons on an Indictment or Information
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Criminal Rule 10. Arraignment
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Criminal Rule 11. Pleas
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Criminal Rule 12. Pleadings and Pretrial Motions
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Criminal Rule 12-I. Motions Practice
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Criminal Rule 12.1. Notice of an Alibi Defense
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Criminal Rule 12.2. Notice of an Insanity Defense_ Mental Examination
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Criminal Rule 12.3. Notice of a Public-Authority Defense
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Criminal Rule 12.4. Disclosure Statement
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Criminal Rule 13. Joint Trial of Separate Cases
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Criminal Rule 14. Relief from Prejudicial Joinder
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Criminal Rule 15. Depositions
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Criminal Rule 16. Discovery and Inspection
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Criminal Rule 16-I. Informal Discovery
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Criminal Rule 17. Subpoena
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Criminal Rule 17.1. Pretrial Conference
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Criminal Rule 18. Omitted
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Criminal Rule 19. Vacant
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Criminal Rule 20. Transfer From the District of Columbia for Plea and Sentence
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Criminal Rule 21. Omitted
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Criminal Rule 22. Vacant
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Criminal Rule 23. Jury or Nonjury Trial
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Criminal Rule 24. Trial Jurors
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Criminal Rule 25. Judge’s or Magistrate Judge’s Disability
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Criminal Rule 26. Evidence
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Criminal Rule 26.1. Foreign Law Determination
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Criminal Rule 26.2. Producing a Witness’s Statement
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Criminal Rule 26.3. Mistrial
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Criminal Rule 27. Proving an Official Record
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Criminal Rule 28. Court-Appointed Expert Witnesses and Interpreters
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Criminal Rule 29. Motion for a Judgment of Acquittal
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Criminal Rule 29.1. Closing Argument
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Criminal Rule 30. Jury Instructions
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Criminal Rule 31. Jury Verdict
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Criminal Rule 32. Sentencing and Judgment
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Criminal Rule 32.1. Revoking or Modifying Probation
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Criminal Rule 32.2. Omitted
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Criminal Rule 33. New Trial
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Criminal Rule 34. Arresting Judgment
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Criminal Rule 35. Correcting or Reducing a Sentence or Collateral_ Setting Aside Forfeiture
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Criminal Rule 36. Clerical Error
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Criminal Rule 36-I. Recording of Court Proceedings_ Release of Transcripts
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Criminal Rule 37. Indicative Ruling on a Motion for Relief That Is Barred by a Pending Appeal
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Criminal Rule 38. Staying a Sentence
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Criminal Rule 39. Vacant
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Criminal Rule 40. Release and Detention of Federal Defendants
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Criminal Rule 40-I. State Fugitives and Extradition
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Criminal Rule 41. Search and Seizure
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Criminal Rule 41-I. Interception of Wire or Oral Communications
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Criminal Rule 42. Criminal Contempt
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Criminal Rule 43. Defendant's Presence
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Criminal Rule 44. Right to Appointed Counsel_ Joint Representation
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Criminal Rule 44-I. Assignment of Counsel
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Criminal Rule 45. Computing and Extending Time
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Criminal Rule 46. Release from Custody_ Supervising Detention
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Criminal Rule 47. Motions and Supporting Affidavits
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Criminal Rule 47-I. Deleted
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Criminal Rule 48. Dismissal
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Criminal Rule 49. Serving and Filing Papers
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Criminal Rule 49.1. Privacy Protection for Filings Made with the Court
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Criminal Rule 50. Omitted
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Criminal Rule 51. Preserving Claimed Error
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Criminal Rule 52. Harmless and Plain Error
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Criminal Rule 53. Photography, Broadcasting, Recording, and Other Disclosures
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Criminal Rule 54. Deleted
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Criminal Rule 55. Records of the Clerk
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Criminal Rule 55-I. Removal of Records
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Criminal Rule 56. When Court Is Open
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Criminal Rule 57. Rules of Courts
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Criminal Rule 58. Omitted
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Criminal Rule 59. Deleted
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Criminal Rule 60. Victim's Rights
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Criminal Rule 61. Title
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Criminal Rule 100. Creation of Sections
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Criminal Rule 101. Duties and Operation of the Assignment Section
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Criminal Rule 102. Duties and Operation of the District of Columbia Section
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Criminal Rule 103. Duties and Operation of the Traffic Section
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Criminal Rule 104. Operation of the Tax Division in Criminal Proceedings
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Criminal Rule 105. Assignment of Felony Cases and Related Cases
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Criminal Rule 106. Special Assignments
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Criminal Rule 107. Notice of Assignments, Transfers and Reassigments
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Criminal Rule 108. Felony Case Arraignment
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Criminal Rule 109. Arraignments in Misdemeanor Cases and Presentments
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Criminal Rule 110. Place of Preliminary Hearings Including Pretrial Detention Hearings
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Criminal Rule 111. Continuances
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Criminal Rule 112. Continuing Effect of Praecipe Submitted by Defense Counsel
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Criminal Rule 113. Witness Fees
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Criminal Rule 114. Indictable Misdemeanors
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Criminal Rule 115. Practice by Attorneys Not Members of the Bar of the District of Columbia
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Criminal Rule 116. Bonds and Sureties
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Criminal Rule 117. Magistrate Judges
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Criminal Rule 118. Deleted
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Criminal Rule 119. Custody of Property and Exhibits in Criminal Cases
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Criminal Rule 120. Deleted

Superior Court Rules Governing Juvenile Proceedings

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Juvenile Rule 1. Scope
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Juvenile Rule 2. Purpose and Construction
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Juvenile Rule 3. The Complaint
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Juvenile Rule 4. Order for Custody
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Juvenile Rule 5. Use of Summons When Repetitioning Offense
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Juvenile Rule 6. The Grand Jury--Vacant
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Juvenile Rule 7. The Petition
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Juvenile Rule 8. Joinder of Offenses and of Respondents
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Juvenile Rule 9. Summonses and Other Notices of Hearing
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Juvenile Rule 10. Initial Hearings
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Juvenile Rule 11. Guilty Pleas
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Juvenile Rule 12. Pleadings, Motions, and Defenses Before the Factfinding Hearing
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Juvenile Rule 12.1. Notice of Alibi
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Juvenile Rule 13. Trial Together of Petitions
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Juvenile Rule 14. Relief from Prejudicial Joinder
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Juvenile Rule 15. Depositions
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Juvenile Rule 16. Discovery and Inspection
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Juvenile Rule 16-I. Informal Discovery
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Juvenile Rule 17. Subpoena
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Juvenile Rule 17.1. Pretrial Conference
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Juvenile Rule 18. Place of Prosecution and Trial--Vacant
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Juvenile Rule 19. Vacant
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Juvenile Rule 20. Transfer from the District for Plea and Sentence--Vacant
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Juvenile Rule 21. Transfer from the District for Trial--Vacant
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Juvenile Rule 22. Time of Motion to Transfer--Vacant
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Juvenile Rule 23. Trial by Jury or by the Court--Vacant
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Juvenile Rule 24. Trial Jurors--Vacant
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Juvenile Rule 25. Judge_ Disability
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Juvenile Rule 26. Evidence
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Juvenile Rule 26.1. Determination of Foreign Law--Vacant
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Juvenile Rule 26.2. Production of Statements of Witnesses
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Juvenile Rule 26.3. Mistrial
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Juvenile Rule 27. Proof of Official Record
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Juvenile Rule 28. Expert Witnesses and Interpreters
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Juvenile Rule 29. Motion for Judgment of Acquittal
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Juvenile Rule 30. Instructions--Vacant
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Juvenile Rule 31. Findings by the Family Court
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Juvenile Rule 32. Disposition and Judgment
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Juvenile Rule 33. New Factfinding Hearing
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Juvenile Rule 34. Arrest of Judgment--Vacant
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Juvenile Rule 35. Correction or Reduction of Sentence--Vacant
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Juvenile Rule 36. Clerical Mistakes
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Juvenile Rule 37. Deleted
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Juvenile Rule 38. Stay of Execution, and Relief Pending Review--Vacant
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Juvenile Rule 39. Deleted
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Juvenile Rule 40. Commitment to Another District_ Removal--Vacant
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Juvenile Rule 41. Search and Seizure
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Juvenile Rule 42. Contempt of Court
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Juvenile Rule 43. Presence of the Respondent
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Juvenile Rule 44. Right to and Assignment of Counsel
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Juvenile Rule 45. Time
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Juvenile Rule 46. Release on Bail--Vacant
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Juvenile Rule 47. Motions
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Juvenile Rule 47-I. Motions Procedure
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Juvenile Rule 48. Dismissal
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Juvenile Rule 49. Service and Filing of Papers
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Juvenile Rule 50. Calendaring
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Juvenile Rule 51. Exceptions Unnecessary
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Juvenile Rule 52. Harmless Error and Plain Error
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Juvenile Rule 53. Regulation of Conduct in the Courtroom
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Juvenile Rule 54. Application and Exception--Vacant
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Juvenile Rule 55. Records
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Juvenile Rule 56. Courts and Clerks--Vacant
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Juvenile Rule 57. Bias or Prejudice of a Judge--Vacant
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Juvenile Rule 58. Forms
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Juvenile Rule 59. Effective Date--Vacant
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Juvenile Rule 60. Title
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Juvenile Rule 101. Definitions
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Juvenile Rule 102. Intake Procedures
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Juvenile Rule 103. Criteria for Intake
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Juvenile Rule 104. Consent Decree
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Juvenile Rule 105. Detention and Shelter Care Procedures
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Juvenile Rule 106. Criteria for Detention and Shelter Care
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Juvenile Rule 107. Detention or Shelter Care Hearing
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Juvenile Rule 108. Transfer for Criminal Prosecution
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Juvenile Rule 109. Transfer Hearing
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Juvenile Rule 110. Physical and Mental Examinations
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Juvenile Rule 110A. Treatment When Child Determined to Be Incompetent
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Juvenile Rule 111. Privilege Against Self-incrimination
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Juvenile Rule 112. Restitution and Fines
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Juvenile Rule 113. Payment of Court Costs and Expenses
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Juvenile Rule 114. Record Made in Regular Course of Business Photographic Copies--Deleted
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Juvenile Rule 115. Practice by Attorneys Not Members of the Bar of the District of Columbia
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Juvenile Rule 116. Vacant
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Juvenile Rule 117. Vacant
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Juvenile Rule 118. Sealing of Arrest Records
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Juvenile Rule 119. Participation Order

Rules Governing Proceedings Under D.C. Code 23-110

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23-110 Rule 1. Scope of Rules
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23-110 Rule 2. Motion
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23-110 Rule 3. Filing Motion
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23-110 Rule 4. Preliminary Consideration by Judge_ Appointment of Counsel
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23-110 Rule 5. Answer_ Contents
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23-110 Rule 6. Discovery
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23-110 Rule 7. Expansion of Record
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23-110 Rule 8. Evidentiary Hearing
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23-110 Rule 9. Delayed or Successive Motions
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23-110 Rule 10. Powers of Magistrates
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23-110 Rule 11. Time for Appeal
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23-110 Rule 12. Superior Court Rules of Criminal and Civil Procedure_ Extent of Applicability

Superior Court Rules Governing Proceedings in the Domestic Violence Division

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DV Rule 1. Scope; Purpose; Title; Applicability of Civil Rules; Other Proceedings Assigned to the Domestic Violence Division
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DV Rule 2. Commencing an Action; Amending or Supplementing Petition; Related Cases
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DV Rule 3. Pleadings Allowed; Form of Pleadings, Motions, and Other Documents
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DV Rule 4. Privacy Protection for Filings Made with the Court
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DV Rule 5. Serving a Petition or Other Filing
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DV Rule 6. Temporary Protection Orders
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DV Rule 7. Motions
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DV Rule 8. Discovery
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DV Rule 9. Subpoenas
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DV Rule 10. Dismissal of Petition
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DV Rule 11. Failure to Appear
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DV Rule 12. Conduct of Trials or Hearings
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DV Rule 13. Issuance of Orders
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DV Rule 14. Contempt
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DV Rule 15. Appeal

Superior Court General Rules of the Family Court

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General Family Rule A. Branches, Sections, and Scope
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General Family Rule B. Family Court Clerk's Office
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General Family Rule C. Fees
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General Family Rule D. Magistrate Judges
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General Family Rule E. Subpoenas
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General Family Rule F. Witness Fees
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General Family Rule G. Continuances
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General Family Rule H. Notice of Hearing and Order Directing Appearance
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General Family Rule I. Deleted
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General Family Rule J. Employer's Statements
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General Family Rule K. Financial Statements
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General Family Rule L. Jury Trials
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General Family Rule M. Law Student Practice
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General Family Rule N. Recording of Court Proceedings_ Release of Transcripts
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General Family Rule O. Avoidance and Resolution of Conflicts in Engagements of Counsel Among the Courts in the District of Columbia
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General Family Rule P. Sealing of Records
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General Family Rule Q. Record Made in Regular Course of Business Photographic Copies
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General Family Rule R. Judge in Chambers_ Judge on Emergency Assignment
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General Family Rule S. Disciplinary Proceedings Against Attorneys
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General Family Rule T. Employees Not to Practice Law

Superior Court Rules For Domestic Relations Proceedings

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DR Rule 1. Title, Scope, and Purpose
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DR Rule 2. Form of Action; Definitions; Unsworn Declarations
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DR Rule 3. Commencement of Action
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DR Rule 4. Process
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DR Rule 5. Service and Filing of Other Pleadings and Papers
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DR Rule 5-I. Deleted
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DR Rule 5-II. Deleted
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DR Rule 6. Computing and Extending Time Time for Motion Papers
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DR Rule 6-I. Deleted
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DR Rule 7-I. Deleted
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DR Rule 7. Pleadings Allowed Form of Motions and Other Papers Stipulations
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DR Rule 8. General Rules of Pleading
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DR Rule 9. Pleading Special Matters
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DR Rule 9-I. Deleted
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DR Rule 10. Form of Pleadings, Motions and Other Papers
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DR Rule 10-I. Deleted
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DR Rule 11. Signing of Pleadings Motions and Other Papers Representations to the Court Sanctions
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DR Rule 12. Defenses and Objections--When and How Presented Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings
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DR Rule 12-I. Deleted
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DR Rule 13. Counterclaim
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DR Rule 14. Deleted
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DR Rule 15. Amended and Supplemental Pleadings
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DR Rule 16. Pretrial Procedure in Domestic II Cases
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DR Rule 16-I. Pretrial Procedure in Domestic I Cases
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DR Rule 17. Plaintiff and Defendant Capacity
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DR Rule 18. Joinder of Claims
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DR Rule 19. Joinder of Persons
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DR Rule 20. Deleted
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DR Rule 21. Deleted
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DR Rule 22. Deleted
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DR Rule 23. Deleted
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DR Rule 23-I. Deleted
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DR Rule 23-II. Deleted
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DR Rule 23.1. Deleted
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DR Rule 23.2. Deleted
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DR Rule 24. Intervention
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DR Rule 24-I. Deleted
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DR Rule 25. Substitution of Parties
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DR Rule 26. Duty to Disclose General Provisions Governing Discovery
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DR Rule 27. Depositions to Perpetuate Testimony
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DR Rule 28. Persons Before Whom Depositions May Be Taken
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DR Rule 28-I. Deleted
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DR Rule 29. Stipulations About Discovery Procedure
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DR Rule 30. Depositions by Oral Examination
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DR Rule 31. Depositions by Written Questions
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DR Rule 32. Using Depositions in Court Proceedings
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DR Rule 33. Interrogatories to Parties
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DR Rule 34. Producing Documents Electronically Stored Information and Tangible Things or Entering onto Land for Inspection and Other Purposes
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DR Rule 35. Physical and Mental Examinations
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DR Rule 36. Requests for Admission
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DR Rule 37. Failure to Make Disclosures or to Cooperate in Discovery Sanctions
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DR Rule 38. Deleted
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DR Rule 38-I. Deleted
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DR Rule 39. Deleted
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DR Rule 40. Deleted
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DR Rule 40-I. Deleted
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DR Rule 40-II. Deleted
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DR Rule 41. Dismissal of Actions
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DR Rule 41-I. Deleted
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DR Rule 42. Consolidation_ Separate Trials
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DR Rule 43. Evidence
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DR Rule 43-I. Deleted
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DR Rule 43-II. Deleted
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DR Rule 44. Proof of Official Record, Statutes, Ordinances and Regulations_ Determination of Foreign Law
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DR Rule 44-I. Deleted
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DR Rule 44.1. Deleted
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DR Rule 45. Subpoena
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DR Rule 46. Exceptions Unnecessary
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DR Rule 47. Deleted
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DR Rule 48. Deleted
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DR Rule 49. Deleted
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DR Rule 50. Judgment of Dismissal
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DR Rule 51. Deleted
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DR Rule 52. Findings by the Court
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DR Rule 53. Masters
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DR Rule 53-I. Deleted
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DR Rule 53-II. Deleted
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DR Rule 54. Judgments_ Costs
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DR Rule 54-I. Deleted.
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DR Rule 54-II. Waiver of Costs, Fees, or Security
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DR Rule 55. Default
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DR Rule 55-I. Deleted
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DR Rule 55-II. Deleted
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DR Rule 56. Summary Judgment
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DR Rule 57. Declaratory Judgments
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DR Rule 58. Entry of Judgment
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DR Rule 59. Amendment of Judgments_ New Trials
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DR Rule 60. Relief From Judgment or Order
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DR Rule 61. Harmless Error
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DR Rule 62. Stay of Proceedings to Enforce a Judgment
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DR Rule 62-I. Deleted
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DR Rule 63-I. Deleted
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DR Rule 63. Inability of a Judicial Officer to Proceed_ Recusal
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DR Rule 64-I. Deleted
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DR Rule 64. Seizure of Person or Property_ Attachment Before Judgment_ Replevin Actions
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DR Rule 65. Injunctions
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DR Rule 65.1. Deleted
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DR Rule 66. Receivers Appointed by the Superior Court
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DR Rule 67. Deposit in Court_ Recording Money Paid to or by Clerk
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DR Rule 67-I. Deleted
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DR Rule 68. Offer of Judgment
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DR Rule 68-I. Deleted
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DR Rule 69. Post-judgment Collection
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DR Rule 69-I. Deleted
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DR Rule 69-II. Deleted
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DR Rule 70. Judgment for Specific Acts Vesting Title
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DR Rule 71. Proceedings on Behalf of and Against Person Not Parties_ Proceedings Against Sureties
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DR Rule 71A. Deleted
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DR Rule 71A-I. Deleted
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DR Rule 72. Enforcement of Foreign Judgments
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DR Rule 73. Deleted
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DR Rule 74. Deleted
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DR Rule 75. Deleted
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DR Rule 76. Deleted
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DR Rule 77. Superior Court and Clerk
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DR Rule 77-I. Deleted
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DR Rule 77-II. Deleted
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DR Rule 78-I. Deleted
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DR Rule 78. Deleted
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DR Rule 79. Books and Records Kept by the Clerk and Entries Therein_ Custody and Copies of Papers Filed
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DR Rule 79-I. Deleted
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DR Rule 80. Deleted
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DR Rule 81. Deleted
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DR Rule 82. Deleted
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DR Rule 83. Deleted
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DR Rule 83-I. Deleted
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DR Rule 84. Forms
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DR Rule 85. Deleted
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DR Rule 86. Effective Date of Rule Amendments or Additions
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DR Rule 86-I. Deleted
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DR Rule 101. Attorneys Appearance_ Withdrawal_ Appointment_ Termination
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DR Rule 102. Deleted
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DR Rule 103. Deleted
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DR Rule 201. Transcripts
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DR Rule 202. Fees-Omitted
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DR Rule 203. Deleted
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DR Rule 301 to 308. Deleted
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DR Rule 309. Deleted
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DR Rule 401. Reciprocal Enforcement of Support Proceedings
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DR Rule 402. Deleted
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DR Rule 403. Payment of Moneys Through Court
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DR Rule 404. Social Service Referrals
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DR Rule 405. Paternity
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DR Rule 406. Writ of Ne Exeat
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DR Rule 5.1. Intervention by the United States or the District of Columbia
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DR Rule 5.2. Privacy Protection for Filings Made with the Court
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DR Rule 5-III. Sealed or Confidential Documents
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DR Rule 5.1. Challenge to Validity or Constitutionality of a District of Columbia Statute, Order, Regulation, or Enactment-Constitutional Challenge to a Federal or State Statute

Superior Court Rules For Mental Retardation Proceedings

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Ment. Ret. Rule 1. Scope, Purpose, and Construction
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Ment. Ret. Rule 2. Magistrate Judges and Filing of Legal Papers
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Ment. Ret. Rule 3. Admission to a Mental Retardation Facility
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Ment. Ret. Rule 4A. Commitment of Individuals Who Are Not Competent to Refuse Commitment
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Ment. Ret. Rule 4B. Commitment of Respondents Found Incompetent to Participate in Criminal Proceedings
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Ment. Ret. Rule 4C. Appeal
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Ment. Ret. Rule 5. Transfer of Committed Resident
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Ment. Ret. Rule 6. Discharge From Residential Placement
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Ment. Ret. Rule 7. Periodic Review of Orders for Commitment and Admission
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Ment. Ret. Rule 8A. Incorporation of and Reference to Civil Rules
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Ment. Ret. Rule 8B. Time
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Ment. Ret. Rule 8C. Limited Discovery in Commitment Proceedings
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Ment. Ret. Rule 9. Service of Legal Papers_ Proof of Service
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Ment. Ret. Rule 10. Motions Practice
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Ment. Ret. Rule 11. Appointment and Withdrawal of Counsel
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Ment. Ret. Rule 12. Appointment, Training and Removal of Mental Retardation Advocates
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Ment. Ret. Rule 13. Continuances
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Ment. Ret. Rule 14. Deleted
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Ment. Ret. Rule 15. Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law
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Ment. Ret. Rule 16. Entry of Judgment
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Ment. Ret. Rule 17. Closure of Case Due to Death of Resident

Superior Court Rules for Neglect and Abuse Proceedings

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Neglect Rule 1. Scope of Rules
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Neglect Rule 2. Purpose and Construction
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Neglect Rule 3. Family Court Proceedings
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Neglect Rule 4. Taking Into Custody--Prior to Shelter Care Hearing
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Neglect Rule 4A. Order for Custody--Following the Shelter Care Hearing
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Neglect Rule 5. Notice in Non-removal Cases
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Neglect Rule 6. Notice of Taking Into Custody and Notice of Shelter Care Hearing
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Neglect Rule 7. Court Report for First Hearing
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Neglect Rule 8. Time of Shelter Care Hearing
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Neglect Rule 9. Petition
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Neglect Rule 10. Parties_ Other Persons Entitled to Notice and Opportunity to Be Heard
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Neglect Rule 11. Service of Process
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Neglect Rule 12. Shelter Care Hearing or Initial Appearance_ Matters Addressed in All Cases
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Neglect Rule 13. Criteria for Shelter Care
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Neglect Rule 14. Conduct of Shelter Care Hearing
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Neglect Rule 15. Findings and Order at Initial Hearing
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Neglect Rule 16. Revocation of Conditional Release or Modification of the Terms of Conditional Release
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Neglect Rule 17. Pretrial Conference
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Neglect Rule 18. Stipulations
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Neglect Rule 19. Fact-finding Hearing
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Neglect Rule 20. Time for Disposition_ Notice
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Neglect Rule 21. Filing of Disposition Reports
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Neglect Rule 22. Contents of Agency Report for Disposition
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Neglect Rule 23. Stipulated Disposition
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Neglect Rule 24. Vacant
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Neglect Rule 25. Findings and Order of Disposition
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Neglect Rule 26. Revocation of Protective Supervision or Modification of the Terms of Protective Supervision
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Neglect Rule 27. Vacant
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Neglect Rule 28. Review of Disposition and Placement
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Neglect Rule 29. Contents of Agency Report for Review Hearing
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Neglect Rule 30. Procedures and Orders at Review Hearings and Permanency Hearings
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Neglect Rule 31. Vacant
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Neglect Rule 32. Permanency Hearing
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Neglect Rule 33. Contents of Agency Report for Permanency Hearing
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Neglect Rule 34. Findings and Orders at Permanency Hearing
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Neglect Rule 35. Termination of the Parent and Child Relationship_ Filing of Motion
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Neglect Rule 36. Contents and Service of Motion for Termination of the Parent and Child Relationship
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Neglect Rule 37. Status Conference Prior to Hearing on Motion for Termination of Parent and Child Relationship
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Neglect Rule 38. Adjudicatory Hearing on Motion for Termination of Parent and Child Relationship
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Neglect Rule 39. Order Terminating the Parent and Child Relationship
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Neglect Rule 40. Vacant
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Neglect Rule 41. Vacant
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Neglect Rule 42. Appointment of Counsel_ Attorney's Fees
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Neglect Rule 43. Motions
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Neglect Rule 44. Vacant
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Neglect Rule 45. Admission to Neglect Proceedings
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Neglect Rule 46. Inspection and Disclosure of Neglect Records
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Neglect Rule 47. Payment of Court Costs and Expenses_ Expert Witnesses

Superior Court Rules of the Probate Division

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Probate Rule 1. Purpose and Scope
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Probate Rule 2. Matters Presented to the Register of Wills
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Probate Rule 3. Verification of Pleadings
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Probate Rule 4. Notice Requirements
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Probate Rule 5. Investments by a Fiduciary
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Probate Rule 5.1. Privacy Requirements
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Probate Rule 6. Life Estate_ Dower
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Probate Rule 6.1. Disclaimers Required to Be Filed With the Court
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Probate Rule 7. Closing a Case Despite Irregularity
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Probate Rule 7.1. Solely Owned Safe Deposit Box
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Probate Rule 8. Appeals
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Probate Rule 9. Stay Pending Reconsideration or Appeal
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Probate Rule 10. Petition for Probate and Administration
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Probate Rule 11. Notice of Petition for Probate
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Probate Rule 12. Notice of Petition for Administration
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Probate Rule 13. Collectors
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Probate Rule 14. Nonresident Fiduciaries
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Probate Rule 15. Proceedings in Contested Estate Cases
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Probate Rule 16. Registration and Appraisal of Securities
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Probate Rule 17. Sale of Personal Property
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Probate Rule 18. Proceedings for the Sale of Real Property
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Probate Rule 19. Accounts of Administrators, Executors, and Collectors
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Probate Rule 20. Exhibition of Assets
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Probate Rule 21. Assignments
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Probate Rule 22. Compensation to Attorneys and Fiduciaries
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Probate Rule 23. Delinquent Fiduciaries
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Probate Rule 24. Fees
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Probate Rule 25. Definitions
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Probate Rule 26. Bias or Prejudice of a Judge
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Probate Rule 101. Matters Presented to the Register of Wills
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Probate Rule 102. Petition for Probate
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Probate Rule 103. Notice
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Probate Rule 104. Bonds
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Probate Rule 105. Special Administrators
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Probate Rule 106. Nonresident Special Administrators and Personal Representatives
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Probate Rule 107. Proceedings in Contested Estate Cases
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Probate Rule 108. Distributions to Minors
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Probate Rule 109. Inventory and Appraisals
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Probate Rule 110. Claims Against Estate
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Probate Rule 111. Action on Claims
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Probate Rule 112. Sale of Estate Assets
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Probate Rule 113. Rule to Show Cause for Recovery of Possession of Property of the Estate
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Probate Rule 114. Accounts of Personal Representative
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Probate Rule 115. Waiver of Filing Inventories and Accounts by All Personal Representatives
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Probate Rule 116. Notice of Filing of Account
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Probate Rule 117. Waiver of Formal Audit of Account
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Probate Rule 118. Audit of Accounts
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Probate Rule 119. Accounts of Special Administrator
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Probate Rule 120. Assignment of Rights
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Probate Rule 121. Delinquent Person Representatives, Special Administrators or Guardians
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Probate Rule 122. Qualification and Compensation of Guardians Ad Litem
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Probate Rule 123. Termination of Appointment
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Probate Rule 124. Request for Compensation
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Probate Rule 125. Court Costs
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Probate Rule 126. Bias and Prejudice of a Judge
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Probate Rule 127. Notice of Appointment of Foreign Personal Representative and Notice to Creditors
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Probate Rule 128. Service or Notice by Publication
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Probate Rule 129. Reserved
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Probate Rule 130. Motions for Reconsideration and Other Relief from Judgment in Decedents' Estates
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Probate Rule 201. Bonds and Undertakings
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Probate Rule 202. Trustees, Conservators, Guardians, Guardians Ad Litem, and Other Fiduciaries
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Probate Rule 203. Court Sales of Real and Personal Property
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Probate Rule 204. Appraisals, Inventories, and Accounts
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Probate Rule 205. Fiduciaries Who May File Consents and Waivers
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Probate Rule 206. Register of Wills Costs for Accounts
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Probate Rule 207. Irregularity or Default_ Sanctions
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Probate Rule 208. Proceedings in Contested Cases
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Probate Rule 209. Guardian Ad Litem
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Probate Rule 210. Joinder and Representation of Persons Interested in Estates
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Probate Rule 211. Rule to Show Cause for Recovery of Possession of Property of the Estate
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Probate Rule 212. Notice of Existence of Revocable Trust
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Probate Rule 213. The Assertion of Claims Against a Revocable Trust
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Probate Rule 221. Appointment of Guardian
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Probate Rule 222. Expenditures and Sales by a Guardian of a Minor
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Probate Rule 223. Expenditures and Sales
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Probate Rule 224. Duties and Compensation of a Guardian Ad Litem in Conservatorship Proceedings
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Probate Rule 225. Compensation of Conservators and Guardians of Minors
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Probate Rule 231. Custodian of Minors
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Probate Rule 232. Petition to Remove Custodian of Minor for Cause and to Designate a Successor Custodian or to Require the Custo
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Probate Rule 301. Scope, Purpose and Effective Date
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Probate Rule 302. Pleadings and Petitions
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Probate Rule 303. Parties and Petition for Permission to Participate
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Probate Rule 304. Request by Interested Person for Notice
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Probate Rule 305. Counsel for the Subject of an Intervention Proceeding
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Probate Rule 306. Guardian Ad Litem_ Duties and Appointment
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Probate Rule 307. Creditor's Claims
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Probate Rule 308. Compensation of Guardians, Conservators, Attorneys, Guardians Ad Litem, Examiners and Visitors
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Probate Rule 309. Irregularities, Delinquencies, Insufficiencies, Defaults and Orders to Show Cause
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Probate Rule 310. Court Costs
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Probate Rule 311. Service of Petition and Notice
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Probate Rule 312. Discovery
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Probate Rule 313. Rule to Show Cause for Recovery of Possession of Property
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Probate Rule 321. Procedures for a Petition for a General Proceeding or for Termination of a Guardianship or Conservatorship
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Probate Rule 322. Procedures in General Intervention Proceedings Subsequent to the Appointment of a Guardian or Conservator and
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Probate Rule 323. Procedures in Proceedings for Appointment of a 6-month Temporary Guardian
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Probate Rule 324. Repealed
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Probate Rule 325. Notice of Hearing on Petition for a General Proceeding or Petition for Termination
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Probate Rule 326. Examiner, Duties and Appointment
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Probate Rule 327. Visitor, Duties and Appointment
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Probate Rule 328. Guardianship Reports
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Probate Rule 329. Individual Conservatorship Plan and Inventory
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Probate Rule 330. Accounts and Reports of Conservators
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Probate Rule 417. Waiver of Formal Audit of Account in Supervised Administration
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Probate Rule 418. Audit of Accounts in Supervised Estates
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Probate Rule 419. Accounts of Special Administrator
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Probate Rule 420. Assignment of Rights
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Probate Rule 421. Delinquent Personal Representatives or Special Administrators
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Probate Rule 422. Qualification and Compensation of Guardians Ad Litem
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Probate Rule 423. Termination of Appointment of Supervised Personal Representative
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Probate Rule 424. Review of Compensation
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Probate Rule 425. Court Costs
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Probate Rule 426. Certification of Completion
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Probate Rule 427. Notice of Appointment of Foreign Personal Representative and Notice to Creditors
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Probate Rule 428. Service or Notice by Publication
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Probate Rule 429. Requests for Extension of Unsupervised Personal Representative's Appointment
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Probate Rule 430. Motions for Reconsideration and Other Relief from Judgment in Decedent's Estates

Superior Court Rules for the Tax Division

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Tax Rule 1. Location, Address and Business Hours
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Tax Rule 2. Criminal Proceedings
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Tax Rule 3. Rules of Court
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Tax Rule 4. Form and Style of Papers, Filing of Document, Fees
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Tax Rule 5. Service
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Tax Rule 6. The Petition Contents, Service, and Docketing
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Tax Rule 7. The Answer Time of Filing, Content, and Service
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Tax Rule 8. The Reply Time of Filing, Contents, and Service
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Tax Rule 9. Motions
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Tax Rule 10. Status Conferences
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Tax Rule 11. Pretrial Conference
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Tax Rule 12. Trial and Exhibits
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Tax Rule 13. Failure to Appear for Conference or Trial
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Tax Rule 14. Computations by Parties for Entry of Decision

Superior Court Rules Governing Parentage and Support Proceedings

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P&S Rule 1. Title and Scope of Rules
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P&S Rule 2. Definitions; Unsworn Declarations.pdf
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P&S Rule 3. Commencing an Action and Enforcement of Child Support Orders
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P&S Rule 4. Process
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P&S Rule 5. Form of Pleadings, Motions, and Other Papers
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P&S Rule 6. Disclosures; Additional Discovery; Initial Hearings