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15th Annual Youth Law Fair

on Thu, 03/27/2014 - 13:28

DC Superior Court Judge Melvin Wright asks youth about drugs and alcohol abuse
On Saturday, March 22nd, the DC Superior Court and DC Bar co-hosted the 15thAnnual Youth Law Fair.  This year’s program, themed “Stand Tall Against Alcohol and K2,” gave youth from the Washington metropolitan area, the opportunity to engage in an open discussion about alcohol and drug abuse as well as participate in courtroom tours, intimate conversations with attorneys and Superior Court judges, and a mock trial. 

During the morning discussion, DC Superior Court Judge Melvin Wright held a candid conversation with the youth about their knowledge and experiences observing drug and alcohol

Superior Court Releases New Juror Orientation Video

on Thu, 03/06/2014 - 14:08





WASHINGTON, DC- D.C. Superior Court Chief Judge Lee Satterfield today announced that the Court has released a new juror orientation video, narrated by University of District of Columbia law professor and local author, Andrew Ferguson which focuses on the pivotal role of the juror in upholding our democratic values in the court system.

2014 DC Courts Black History Month Celebration - Recap

on Wed, 03/05/2014 - 21:31

The 2014 Black History Month celebration at the DC Courts presented new programs and daily activities that highlighted achievements and significant ev

ents dating from the 1840s to the 1960s.  Celebrating the 50thAnniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the goal for each day of February was to educate and engage court employees in Black history by hosting programs each Friday and weekly trivia contests.

27th Annual Adoption Day Celebration

on Mon, 12/09/2013 - 20:35

Saturday, November 23rd, the DC Superior Court and the DC Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) co-hosted the 27thAnnual Adoption Day ceremony.  29 adoptions were finalized, families were created, and one family even adopted two sets of twin boys.  NBC 4 News anchor Barbara Harrison introduced the new families as they received their adoption decrees signed by their judges.  The ceremony has always been a celebration for adoptive families as well as an encouragement for area residents to consider adopting or fostering a child in the District’s public child welfare system.


Dunbar High School Honors Judge Christian Kaye as Living Legend

on Tue, 11/05/2013 - 15:43

As part of the DC Education Reform Act of 2007, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School was able to undergo renovations to make the building newer and more modern with increased natural light. Principal Stephen Jackson explains, “It's a warm environment that's very conducive to learning.”As part of the building’s dedication, Judge Kaye Christian was honored as a “Living Legend” of Dunbar High.

Judge Christian says of the experience, “I am deeply honored and humbled to have been selected as one of the 2013 Living Legends of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School.

DC Mental Health Diversion Court Program Proven Effective

on Tue, 11/05/2013 - 15:27

Mental Health Court Lowers Participants’ Likelihood of Recidivism by 51% 

A 2013 study published by the American Psychological Association found that defendants who successfully completed the DC. Mental Health Diversion Court were “approximately 51% less likely to recidivate,” less likely to be rearrested, and had a longer time between disposition and rearrest in the year following their participation. Defendants who participated in the Mental Health Diversion Court but did not graduate were “one fourth less likely to be rearrested”.

The study, conducted by North Carolina State University