Report of the District of Columbia Bar Court
Conclusions and Recommendations
The Committee finds that the Courts in the District of Columbia have
been plagued with funding problems for several years in a row. The
Committee finds that these problems have been very serious, and without
constant vigilance, will threaten the Courts' ability to administer
justice. The Committee finds, in addition, that these problems are
likely, if not addressed on an on-going basis, to impact the quality
of the representation given to indigent defendants.
The Committee believes the D.C. Bar
has an obligation to speak on the issue of court funding, and to do
so in the context of specific legislation proposed to or pending before
Congress. Therefore, the Committee recommends that the Board of Governors
seek the necessary authority from the membership of the D.C. Bar.
Because difficulty in securing adequate funding resources is a recurring
problem, the Committee recommends that the Board of Governors seek
multiyear authority to speak out on this issue of adequate funding
for our Courts.