CPO hearings and some DV trials begin again

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

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.

The professionalism of D.C. court staff during Covid

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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

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

Remote sites now offered for D.C. court hearings

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.

Call me Mr. Reasonable

D.C. criminal defense attorney

I suspect that my remote-hearing persona may be more adversarial than my in-person one. And this concerns me: What does this say about me?

Bureaucratic delays plague motions to seal

criminal record binders

In a cynical attempt to elicit the court’s sympathy, the government blames Covid-19 for its delays in responding to motions to seal criminal records. Bureaucratic incompetence is the true culprit.

DPAs, DSAs and other D.C. diversion programs during Covid

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Hearings with respect to DPAs, DSAs and other diversion programs in Washington, D.C. will be postponed because of Covid-19. Although the agreements will remain in effect during this time, the government has discretion to terminate the agreements early.

With exceptions, D.C. Superior Court remains closed

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D.C. Superior Court remains closed for most purposes due to the Covid-19 pandemic. What this means for criminal cases is as follows.

How does the Covid-19 pandemic affect a defendant’s speedy trial rights in D.C.?

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Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the time between March 18 and November 9, 2020 will be “tolled.” In other words, it will not count when calculating whether a defendant’s speedy trial rights have been violated.