Bar Resources

Court News and Judicial Notices

Since its inception, the D.C. Bar and D.C. Courts have had a strong partnership, working to continually help improve the legal system. 

Below are the latest updates and notices released by the both the D.C. Superior Court and D.C. Court of Appeals, as well as judicial notices from independent agencies. 

JNC Recommends Candidates for DC Superior Court Vacancies
December 13 – The D.C. Judicial Nomination Commission has forwarded to the President the names of six candidates for his consideration in selecting nominees to fill two judicial vacancies on the D.C. Superior Court.

JNC Invites Comments on Applicants for Pending Judicial Vacancy
December 5 – The D.C. Judicial Nomination Commission invites comments on 29 applicants for the pending vacancy on the D.C. Superior Court, created by the retirement of Judge Russell F. Canan. The deadline for comments is January 16, 2018

Comment on Proposed Change to Brady Rule
December 4 – The D.C. District Court for the District of Columbia has issued a notice on the proposed Brady rule. Comments due January 1, 2018.

Comments Welcomed on Four Candidates for Senior Judge Status
November 28 – The D.C. Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure invites comments on the qualifications of four judges to continue their judicial service as Senior Judges. The deadline for comments is December 27, 2017.

D.C. Bar Judicial Evaluations Begin
November 20 – The D.C. Bar Judicial Evaluation Committee has begun its 2017– 2018 survey of the performance of selected judges who preside over the D.C. Court of Appeals and the D.C. Superior Court. Evaluations are due by 5 p.m. on January 10, 2018.

D.C. Court of Appeals Seeks Candidates for Committee on Unauthorized Practice of Law Vacancy
November 9 – The D.C. Court of Appeals is seeking applications to fill vacancies on its Committee on Unauthorized Practice of Law (CUPL). Individuals who wish to be considered should send a résumé and cover letter by Friday, January 5, 2018.

Comments Welcomed for Two-Year Review of D.C. Superior Court Magistrate Judges
October 23 – Comments on the performances of Magistrate Judges Bouchet, Lepley and Matini are invited, and should be submitted by December 1, 2017.

Judicial Nomination Commission Recommends Candidates for D.C. Superior Court Vacancy
September 14 – The Judicial Nomination Commission has forwarded to the President the names of three lawyers for his consideration in selecting a nominee to fill the judicial vacancy on the D.C. Superior Court created by the retirement of Judge Gregory E. Jackson.

D.C. Courts Announce New Technologies, Enhances Accessibility for the Public
August 28 – D.C. Court of Appeals Chief Judge Blackburne-Rigsby and D.C. Superior Court Chief Judge Morin announce new initiatives to enhance electronic court access, providing more information to the public.

Law Day Event Highlights Fourteenth Amendment
May 3 – An impressive panel including D.C. Court of Appeals Chief Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby, D.C. Superior Court Chief Judge Robert E. Morin, ABA President Linda Klein, and D.C. Bar President Annamaria Steward, discussed the history and influence of the Fourteenth Amendment at a Law Day event on May 1.

Four Local Attorneys Sworn In as Magistrate Judges
May 3 – On April 21, four local attorneys were sworn in as magistrate judges at the H. Carl Moultrie Courthouse.

From Advocate for the Underserved to Chief Judge
May 1 –  Robert E. Morin began his 4-year term as chief judge of the D.C. Superior Court on October 1, 2016. Learn about his history as a former death row defense attorney, as well as the challenges and initiatives he sees for the court over the upcoming years.

JNC Recommends Replacement Candidate for D.C. Superior Court Vacancy
April 21 – The D.C. Judicial Nomination Commission has recommended a new candidate for a D.C. Superior Court vacancy after Willa B. Perlmutter withdrew from consideration.

D.C. Courts Warn of Telephone Scam
March 27 – The D.C. Courts want to warn members of the public not to be taken-in by a telephone scam in which the caller ID indicates calls are from the D.C. Courts.

Judge Blackburne-Rigsby Sworn In as Chief Judge
March 21 – On March 17 Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby was sworn in as chief judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. The investiture, held at the D.C. Historic Courthouse, brought out many members of the Washington, D.C., legal community, as well as family and friends of the new chief judge.

Judge Bruce Mencher: Combining Love for Music and Law
January 11 – How does one balance work with wellness? For Judge Bruce Mencher, a senior judge on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, it’s through music. Here he shares more about his passion for music and how it helps him unwind.