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Superior Court Amends Rules of Civil Procedure

February 25, 2020

On February 20 the Board of Judges of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia issued Rule Promulgation Order 20-01 amending Rules of Civil Procedure 101 to 103 and 201 to 205. The amendments take effect April 20, 2020.

These changes include deletion of Rules 102, 103, and 203 because they are addressed elsewhere and revisions to Rules 101, 201, 202, 204, and 205 mainly for consistency with stylistic changes to the federal civil rules.

In Rule 101, provisions regarding the practice of law by law students and by attorneys not barred in the District have been replaced by references to D.C. Court of Appeals Rules 48 and 49. Subsection (c)(2), which addresses an attorney’s withdrawal by motion, has been amended to clarify the contents of the motion and the notice to the client.

Provisions from former Rule 203 were incorporated into Rule 201. Based on the amendment to section (a), former section (g), regarding electronic recording devices, was deleted as unnecessary.

In Rule 203, former section (b) addressing photography and broadcasts has been moved to Rule 201(g). Also, Rule 205 was updated to include applications for an order or declaration reflecting a change of gender designation.

Read the order in its entirety here.