Criminal Division to expand operations

DC Superior Court front

The Criminal Division of D.C. Superior Court will expand in-person operations beginning on Tuesday, September 7.  

Anti-Stalking Orders in D.C.

D.C. Flag

The Intrafamily Offenses and Anti-Stalking Orders Amendment Act of 2020 created a new process — an Anti-Stalking Order (ASO) — to deal with allegations of stalking in Washington, D.C. in which the parties are not related or in a domestic relationship. Violation of an ASO is punishable as criminal contempt.

New CPO law takes effect in D.C.

Restraining Order

D.C.’s new law on civil protection orders (CPOs) redefines the category of people eligible for protection. It also extends coverage to animals, minors and victims of sex trafficking.

Assessing attorney fees in CPO cases in D.C.

legal fee in D.C.

Parties who prevail in a CPO hearing can file a motion asking the court to assess legal fees against the other party. Respondents must prove “bad faith.”

D.C. Superior Court extends judicial emergency

Jefferson Memorial

D.C. Superior Court has again extended the judicial emergency, this time through May 10, 2021. The Court will expand some operations.

Navigating D.C. Superior Court

Jefferson Memorial

Everything you need to know (webpages, emails and phone numbers) to navigate your way around D.C. Superior Court’s Criminal Division during the pandemic.

Judicial emergency in D.C. is extended

DC Superior Court front

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

D.C. Superior Court Sign - Where to Pay Fees

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

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.