On the “Claim of Right” Defense in D.C.

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Although “claim of right” is a valid defense to robbery and other theft offenses, the defense fails when the defendant takes more than the property whose ownership is in question.

Webex Login for D.C. Superior Court Criminal Division Courtrooms

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Here is the information you will need to log in by Webex video or phone to D.C. Superior Court Criminal Division courtrooms.

D.C. Superior Court Criminal Division: Judicial Assignments for 2022

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Here are the 2022 Judicial Assignments for the D.C. Superior Court Criminal Division

Criminal Division to expand operations

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

Anti-Stalking Orders in D.C.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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.