CPO hearings and some DV trials begin again

November 11, 2020
DC Superior Court Family Court entrance

Civil protection order (CPO) hearings begin again in D.C. Superior Court. Trials in misdemeanor domestic violence (DV) cases in which the defendant is in custody will resume in December.

D.C. Superior Court will remain closed for most purposes

November 9, 2020
D.C. Superior Court

With the pandemic continuing to rage, and no end in sight, D.C. Superior Court will remain closed for most purposes through January 15, 2021.

Judicial Assignments for 2021: Criminal Calendar

October 25, 2020
DC Superior Court front

Here are the recently posted judicial assignments for the D.C. Superior Court Criminal Calendar for 2021

Clearing/sealing/expunging a criminal record

October 12, 2020
criminal background check image

Everything you need to know about clearing, expunging or sealing your criminal record in anticipation of background check for employment, adoption, immigration, volunteer opportunity or gun license.

MAGA hat

Nonnie Moore painting

A close relative — someone I have admired my entire life — is photographed wearing a red MAGA hat. It is one of the most upsetting photographs I have ever seen.

The professionalism of D.C. court staff during Covid

October 8, 2020
D.C. Flag

Having also practiced in Pennsylvania and Virginia, I have a basis for comparison when I say good things about the system in Washington, D.C.

Fielding general questions on D.C. criminal defense

October 7, 2020
Francie Hester artwork demonstrating criminal defense in DC

I do not charge for free consultations. Nor, as a matter of practice, will I take over representation from another lawyer.

Unsealing your criminal record in Washington, D.C.

October 6, 2020
Person filling out criminal background check

In the limited circumstances in which this is necessary, DC Code §16-806 provides for the unsealing of a criminal record that has previously been expunged/sealed.

Good judge. Bad person.

October 5, 2020
art work

A D.C. Superior Court judge — always one of my favorites — retires abruptly after being accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl.

Remote sites now offered for D.C. court hearings

September 30, 2020
D.C. Superior Court

D.C. Superior Court now offers WIFI and computers for remote access to hearings at 5 locations. Call 202-879-1900 or email DCCourtsRemoteSites@dcsc.gov.