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Judge Melvin Wright Talks Jury Duty

on Thu, 11/06/2014 - 20:45

On Monday, November 3, 2014, Judge Melvin Wright of the DC Superior Court was a guest panelist on WAMU’s The Diane Rehm Show speaking on the topic of “Jury Duty in America Today.”  Judge Wright is not only the Presiding Judge of the Court’s Civil Division but also serves as Chair of the Jury Committee.

The show featured legal professionals and professors including Andrew Ferguson from The University of the District of Columbia School of Law and author of “Why Jury Duty Matters: A Citizen’s Guide to Constitutional Action.”

The discussion began with a dialogue about the percentage of people

Pakistani Prosecutors Visit Superior Court to Learn about the Domestic Violence Unit

on Fri, 10/24/2014 - 18:28

On September 18, DC Superior Court Judge Heidi Pasichow and Willie Agosto, Director of the Domestic Violence Unit met with a delegation of women prosecutors from Pakistan’s provinces of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh.  In the absence of both a criminal and civil code tailored to address allegations of domestic violence in Pakistan, the visitors focused the discussion on how the Superior Court handles the more than 5000 civil protection order petitions and the more than 2900 DV misdemeanor cases filed annually in the DV Unit in recent years.

Hispanic Heritage Month: DC Courts Recognize Hispanic Leaders

on Tue, 10/14/2014 - 15:13

The District of Columbia Courts recognized members of the Hispanic community at the CORO Awards ceremony on Friday, October 10. CORO, which stands for Community Outreach Recognition Opportunity, is a program organized by the DC Courts to recognize individuals and organizations who have demonstrated excellence and a strong commitment in serving the Latino community and the District of Columbia.

Chief Judge Eric Washington opened the ceremony with remarks highlighting diversity and the role of the courts in the community.

New DC Superior Court Magistrate Judge Sworn In

on Mon, 10/06/2014 - 17:39

On Monday, October 6, 2014 Adrienne Noti was sworn in as a magistrate judge for District of Columbia Superior Court by Chief Judge Lee F. Satterfield. Magistrate Judge Noti has a background in family law, having served as Managing Attorney for Family Law for the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program.  Practicing for ten years, she also served as Director of the Women and the Law Clinic at American University’s Washington College of Law.

DC Superior Court celebrates National Recovery Month with a Drug Court Graduation and Cookout

on Wed, 09/17/2014 - 19:45

The DC Superior Court celebrated National Recovery Month on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 with a Drug Court graduation and cookout at Fort Lincoln Park in northeast DC.

Working with and for the Community: Community Clean-Up Days

on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 16:15

The Community Service Program (CSP) in the Criminal Division, in conjunction with the D.C. Department of Public Works (DPW), Special Operations Division coordinated two successful Community Service Clean-Up Days on May 31, 2014 and July 5, 2014.  The Community Service Program (CSP) has worked with the Department of Public Works, Special Operations Division over the last three years as a site for misdemeanor defendants to complete community service hours.