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. 

Comments Sought on Magistrate Judges Raymond and Staples' Reappointment
October 11 – The above-named Magistrate Judges have declared their candidacy for reappointment as a Magistrate Judge of the D.C. Superior Court. The deadline for comments is November 17, 2017

Applicants Sought for Judicial Vacancy on D.C. Superior Court
October 10 – Applicants are being sought for vacancy on the D.C. Superior Court, as a result of the retirement of the Judge Russell F. Canan. Applications are due November 30

Comments Requested on Candidates for Senior Judge Status
September 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 October 30.

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.

Apply for Judicial Vacancy on D.C. Superior Court
September 1 – The Judicial Nomination Commission invites qualified individuals to apply for a judicial vacancy on the D.C. Superior Court created by the retirement of Judge Frederick Weisberg. The deadline for applications is October 11.

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.

Six Attorneys Recommended for Magistrate Judge Vacancies
May 8 – The Committee on the Selection and Tenure of Magistrate Judges has forwarded to Chief Judge Robert E. Morin the names of six lawyers for his consideration in selecting nominees to the Board of Judges to fill the magistrate judge vacancies in the D.C. Superior Court.

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.