District of Columbia Court of Appeals

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District of Columbia Court of Appeals
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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.[1]

Administrative authority

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.[1]


Associate Judges

Senior Judges


Fiscal Year Filings Dispositions
2014 1,538 1,846
2013 1,604 2,049
2012 2,126 1,845
2011 1,803 2,030
2010 1,693 1,881
2009 1,699 1,886
2008 1,726 1,772
2007 1,510 1,837



Financial disclosure

See also: Center for Public Integrity Study on State Supreme Court Disclosure Requirements

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.[6]

See also

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