D.C. Court of Appeals Issues Order Adjusting Operations

March 23, 2020

On March 23 the District of Columbia Court of Appeals issued an order adjusting its operations to address concerns regarding the coronavirus crisis. The order updates the court’s March 16 order and addresses court operations through May 31.

Important changes include the cancellation of oral arguments and appellate mediations, closure of the D.C. Court of Appeals Historic Courthouse to the public, and suspension/tolling/extension of filing deadlines of all case types. New and emergency filings may be submitted during this period, though the order urges that parties file electronically. Summary cases and motions for summary disposition will still occur where appropriate.

The court will continue to accept certain applications such as bar admission and pro hac vice applications. Pending applications for bar admission will still be processed, and grading continues for February 2020 bar exams. Registration for the upcoming bar exam is postponed until April 15, but all scheduled Committee on Admission in-person meetings, informal conferences, and hearings are postponed until further notice.

The court plans to issue another order regarding operations subsequent to May 31.

Read the order in its entirety here.