Judicial emergency in D.C. is extended

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Chief Judge Anita Josey-Herring has issued an order extending the pandemic-related judicial emergency in D.C. Superior Court through March 31, 2021.

D.C. Superior Court’s remote and partially remote courtrooms

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The D.C. Superior Court Criminal Division has increased the number of courtrooms — both remote and partially remote — that will operate during the pandemic.

Will I go to jail for shoplifting in D.C.?

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It is extremely unlikely that anyone but the most habitual offender will serve jail time for shoplifting in D.C. This is particularly true during the Covid-19 pandemic.

CPO hearings and some DV trials begin again

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.