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Guest Professor Manuel-Scott Delivers Keynote Presentation at DC Courts Black History Month Event

on Sat, 02/28/2015 - 02:20

The DC Courts’ Black History Month celebration this year focused on life, culture, and education.  Throughout the month, programs and activities reflected such, including a lecture given by Dr. Wendi Manuel-Scott, Director of African and African American Studies at George Mason University.  Dr. Scott delivered a captivating presentation entitled If We Must Die: Enslaved Africans and the Atlantic Slave Trade. 

Dr. Wendi Manuel-Scott

Opening with Claude McKay’s poem If We Must Die, written during the Harlem Renaissance, Dr.

Valentine's Day Special: 14 Weddings on the 14th!

on Fri, 02/20/2015 - 14:59

The DC Superior Court’s Family Court opened its Marriage Bureau on a Saturday, a rare event, to help 14 couples celebrate Valentine’s Day in a very special way: by getting married!

Seven court employees, four of whom are authorized to perform weddings, came in on a Saturday morning to ensure that these couples had weddings – and will have anniversary dates – that they will never forget! “We are pleased to accommodate this number of couples who want to have this special date as their anniversary date.

The Effectiveness of Drug Court - Listen to the Podcast!

on Fri, 01/23/2015 - 18:58

Judge Gregory Jackson, who presides over the DC Drug Court program, was recently interviewed, along with a drug court graduate, ‘Gene,’ about drug court and how and why it is so successful.  That interview is now available as a podcast, on the DC Public Safety Radio Show website. 

Click here to learn more about this incredibly successful program that is helping those with substance abuse issues turn their lives around and rebuild their families. 


Crime Victims Compensation Program Highlighted in Department of Justice Report

on Tue, 12/09/2014 - 18:41

The Superior Court's Crime Victims Compensation Program (CVCP) was one of five nationwide programs highlighted by the US Department of Justice in its Innovative Practices for Victim Services - Report from the Field.

The report notes that CVCP has two locations and provides one-on-one assistance, which helps ensure that victims receive all applicable benefits and reduces errors that can slow down the time it takes for victims to be compensated.

DC Family Court Handbook for Parties without an Attorney

on Fri, 12/05/2014 - 19:43

The DC Superior Court’s Family Court recently published a handbook for residents who do not have an attorney representing them in divorce, custody, and child support cases. The handbook contains information on various topics such as DC laws and rules regarding divorce, custody, and child support, and what to expect before, during, and after filing such cases.

In addition, the Court has a Family Court Self Help Center to assist those without an attorney. The Center is located in room JM-570 at 500 Indiana Avenue, NW, DC, 20001

Click here to access the handbook.

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DC Superior Court and the CFSA Co-Hosted the 28th Annual Adoption Day

on Mon, 12/01/2014 - 17:37

On Saturday, November 22nd, DC Superior Court’s Family Court and the DC Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) co-hosted the 28th Annual Adoption Day ceremony, an event designed to celebrate the joy of adoption.  Thirty-eight adoptions were finalized as the new families were introduced and their respective judges signed the adoption decrees.   

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Mayor Vincent Gray, and CFSA Director Brenda Donald gave special remarks underscoring the importance of adoption in the District.