About the Court of Appeals
- Congress established the District of Columbia Court of Appeals as the highest court of the District of Columbia in 1970. The court consists of a chief judge and eight associate judges. The court is assisted by the service of retired judges who have been recommended and approved as senior judges.
- The D.C. Court of Appeals is the equivalent of a state supreme court. As the highest court for the District of Columbia, the Court of Appeals is authorized to review all final orders, judgments and specified interlocutory orders of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The Court also has jurisdiction to review decisions of administrative agencies, boards, and commissions of the District of Columbia government, as well as to answer questions of law certified by federal and state appellate courts. As authorized by Congress, the Court reviews proposed rules of the Superior Court and promulgates its own rules.
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- Cases before the court are determined by randomly selected, three-judge divisions, unless a hearing or rehearing before the court sitting en banc, that is, by all 9 judges, is requested and ordered. A hearing or rehearing before the Court sitting en banc may be ordered by a majority of the judges in regular active service, generally only when consideration by the full court is necessary to maintain uniformity of its decisions, or when the case involves a question of exceptional importance.
- In the exercise of its inherent jurisdiction over members of the legal profession, the Court established the District of Columbia Bar and has the power to approve the rules regarding attorney discipline. The Court also approves the rules regarding attorney conduct and has established rules governing the admission of members of the District of Columbia Bar and the resolution of complaints concerning the unauthorized practice of law in the District of Columbia.
NEW!10/11/2016 Order No. M-257-16 Pertaining to Amendments to DCCA Rules in Light of the 2016 Amendments to Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, Effective November 30, 2016 (PDF)
10/11/2016 Order No. M-255-16 Pertaining to Amendments to DCCA Rules in Light of Past Amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, Effective November 30, 2016 (PDF)
10/11/2016 Order No. M-254-16 Pertaining to Amendments to Rule IX and Rule XV, Section 2 of the Rules Governing the Bar, Effective November 30, 2016 (PDF)
8/8/2016 Order Pertaining to Voluntary eFiling Program (PDF)
8/8/2016 DCCA eFiling and Cases Online is here!
7/20/2016 Order Pertaining to eFiling (PDF)
7/1/2016 February 2016 Post-Exam Review Results
6/30/2016 Proposed Amendments to Rule XI and XV, Section 2 of the Rules Governing the District of Columbia Bar. (PDF)
6/30/2016 Amendments to DCCA Rules After the Adoption of Amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, effective December 2016. (PDF)
6/24/2016 Proposed Amendments to DCCA Rule 49 (PDF)
6/24/2016 Proposed Amendments to DCCA Rules after an Overall Review of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure (FRAP) and the Current DCCA Rules (PDF)
New Voucher Guidelines for Attorneys Appointed by the D.C. Court of Appeals Under the District of Columbia Criminal Justice Act. Click here
Administrative Order stating that in addition to the procedures and filing requirements of D.C. App. R. 28, parties represented by counsel are required to transmit copies of their briefs in PDF format to email@example.com.
Court of Appeals Location
- The Court of Appeals is located at 430 E Street, NW. For information on the history of this nearly 200-year-old architectural treasure, please see the Historic Courthouse section of this website. General information about the D.C. Court of Appeals is available at the Court’s Public Office in the Historic Courthouse, Room 115, from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. weekdays or by calling 879-2700. The
mailing address is:
430 E Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001