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Israeli Judge Visits DC Courts to See Best Practices

on Fri, 07/31/2015 - 18:39

By Michael O. Francis, DCSC Community Court Coordinator

The city of Ramla, Israel is going to open a new problem solving court in September 2015 and Judge Nira Duskin has been chosen to preside over the court.  Judge Duskin came to the United States in June to learn how problem-solving courts are managed and run in the United States, and one of her three U.S. stops was DC Superior Court.

Mental Health Court Recognized by White House

on Wed, 07/22/2015 - 19:44

Congratulations to the DC Superior Mental Health Community Court, Judge O’Regan-Keary, and the DC Pre-Trial Services Agency for receiving special recognition from the White House!  A letter submitted by Conner Adams, a recovering addict, praised the Obama Administration for supporting court programs such as DC’s Mental Health Court, which she said had saved her life! 

Read Conner’s letter of appreciation and the President’s response, here


DC Superior Court Mental Health Clinic Highlighted by National Organization

on Tue, 07/21/2015 - 18:23

The Council of State Governments’ Justice Center published a piece highlighting the innovative approach to addressing behavioral health needs in the District of Columbia Superior Court. The article, entitled DC Courts Are Connecting Individuals with On-Site Treatment, describes the way in which the Court serves individuals with mental disorders who are involved or at risk of being involved with the criminal justice system. The service is provided by an Urgent Care Clinic located in the Moultrie Courthouse that allows for access to on-site mental health and substance abuse assessments and

Beginning the Summer in the Community

on Mon, 07/06/2015 - 14:07

Attending neighborhood events in the District is a prime opportunity for the DC Courts to ensure residents are aware of the various Court resources and programs.  The summer season began with two events in June, the HSC Health Fair for Children with Special Needs in Michigan Park and the Safe Summer Kickoff hosted by the Metropolitan Police Department in Ward 8.  

Approximately 100 DC residents and members of the community, including health care providers, neighborhood advisors, and non-profits, interacted with Court staff. 

The DC Courts’ vendor is full of information regarding the free

The DCSC Community Information & Referral Program: Public Services Without a Case Filed

on Wed, 06/24/2015 - 19:26

For disputing parties looking to reach an agreement without having to file a case with the court, the DC Courts recommend checking out the Community Information and Referral Program (CIRP) of the Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Division (Multi-Door), which provides DC residents with the tools necessary to reach a resolution efficiently and free of charge. In the last four years, CIRP has assisted over 6,500 DC residents, maintaining a yearly satisfaction rate of 95- 97%.

Multi-Door uses several methods of alternative dispute resolution, but the most common by far is the use of mediation to

DCSC Supervisory Probation Officer Mark Jackson Receives Cafritz Award

on Thu, 06/04/2015 - 12:24

Mark Jackson, Supervisory Probation Officer at the Superior Court’s Family Court Social Services Division, was selected to receive one of the 2015 Cafritz awards. The awards, granted by the George Washington University Center for Excellence in Public Leadership, are designed to recognize five District of Columbia government workers each year for outstanding public service.   

The Cafritz awards are a highly regarded recognition bestowed upon individuals whose hard work, dedication and commitment to public service have made a difference. According to the Cafritz awards website, the awards are