District of Columbia Court of Appeals
The District of Columbia Court of Appeals is the court of last resort in Washington, D.C. It was established by Congress in 1970. The court is composed of a chief judge and eight associate judges. In addition, retired judges serve the court who have been approved as senior judges.
The D.C. Court of Appeals reviews all final orders, judgments and specified interlocutory orders of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, and answers questions of law certified by federal and state appellate courts. Additionally, the court may review decisions made by D.C. administrative agencies, boards, and commissions.
Cases are heard by randomly chosen three-judge panels, except when it is requested and ordered by a majority of judges in regular active service that the court sit en banc. This may occur when it is deemed that the full court is needed to maintain uniformity of its decisions, or if the case is of noteworthy importance.
The court of appeals also has administrative authority over attorneys and lower courts in D.C. It has the power to approve rules regarding attorney conduct and discipline. The court created the District of Columbia Bar and regulates the guidelines for admission to the bar.
- Chief Judge Eric Washington
- Corinne Ann Beckwith
- Anna Blackburne-Rigsby
- Catherine Easterly
- John R. Fisher
- Stephen Glickman
- Roy W. McLeese
- Phyllis Thompson
- James Belson
- Michael Farrell
- John Ferren
- Warren King
- Frank Nebeker
- Theodore Newman
- William C. Pryor
- Inez Smith Reid
- Vanessa Ruiz
- John Steadman
- John Terry
In December 2013, the Center for Public Integrity released a study on disclosure requirements for state supreme court judges. Analysts from the Center reviewed the rules governing financial disclosure in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as personal financial disclosures for the past three years. The study found that 42 states and Washington D.C. received failing grades. Washington D.C. earned a grade of F in the study. No state received a grade higher than "C". Furthermore, due in part to these lax disclosure standards, the study found 35 instances of questionable gifts, investments overlapping with caseloads and similar potential ethical quandaries. The study also noted 14 cases in which justices participated although they or their spouses held stock in the company involved in the litigation.
- District of Columbia
- State supreme courts
- News: Number of complaints and applicants to DC courts on the rise, February 26, 2012
- District of Columbia Courts, "District of Columbia Court of Appeals Judges"
- Legal Times, "District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission Record of Recommendations and Chief Judge Designations and Presidential Appointments to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia May 8, 1975 to September 30, 2011"
- District of Columbia Courts, "About the Court of Appeals," accessed January 28, 2015
- District of Columbia Courts, "2014 Annual Report Statistical Summary," accessed April 6, 2015
- District of Columbia Courts, "2013 Annual Report - Statistical Summary"
- District of Columbia Courts, "2012 Annual Report - Statistical Summary" Scroll to page 5
- District of Columbia Courts, "2007 Annual Report - Statistical Summary" Scroll to page 8
- Center for Public Integrity, "State supreme court judges reveal scant financial information," December 5, 2013
William C. Pryor • Michael Farrell • John Terry • John Steadman • Frank Nebeker • John Ferren • Warren King • James Belson • Theodore Newman • Phyllis Thompson • Anna Blackburne-Rigsby • Stephen Glickman • Vanessa Ruiz • Corinne Ann Beckwith • Catharine Easterly • John R. Fisher • Roy W. McLeese •