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Black History Month Begins with a Celebration of Living Legends

on Fri, 02/05/2016 - 16:23

The DC Courts 2016 Black History Month commenced celebrating four ‘living legends,’ Court Security Specialist Sergeant Hubert T. Jones, John McDaniel, Esq., Fashion Designer Vanilla P. Beane, 

and Tuskegee Airman Lieutenant Colonel Robert J. Friend.  As Chief Judge Eric T. Washington, DC Court of Appeals, welcomed over 150 family members, judges, and court staff, he emphasized the importance of learning from those who have paved a way for succeeding generations.  “Pick their brain and appreciate the wealth of knowledge

 that is within them,” he stated.

U.S. Marshals Recognized by Washington Redskins for Heroic Act

on Mon, 02/01/2016 - 20:37

Deputy U.S. Marshals Matthew Barger, Michael Cifu, Andrew Kottke, and Special Agent Frank Morales were honored by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund at the Washington Redskins game on December 20th. These officers immediately responded to Ms. Valerie Tillett when she was struck by a moving vehicle outside of the courthouse in June 2014. Thank you for your heroic efforts!


DC Drug Court Featured on CBS's 60 Minutes

on Fri, 01/15/2016 - 00:10

The DC Drug Court program was mentioned in a recent 60 Minutes episode on CBS that focused on Michael Botticelli, Director of the Office of National Drug Court Policy (ONDCP), who spoke at the DC Drug Court program's August 2015 graduation.

A Father's Introduction to Child Welfare Cases in Family Court

on Thu, 01/14/2016 - 18:48

The DC Superior Court’s Family Court has produced a video to help fathers understand their role in child abuse and neglect cases brought to the court. While both parents are important in these cases, mothers often receive the bulk of the attention.  The purpose of the video is to explain the vital role fathers can play in these cases and to encourage fathers to get involved. The video explains how the process works, who the different people and agencies are, and how fathers can best 

participate in the court case.

Roy Austin, from President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Task Force, says it

29th Annual DC Superior Court's Adoption Day

on Mon, 12/21/2015 - 16:45

On Saturday, November 21st, the Superior Court celebrated its 29th Annual Adoption Day with DC’s Child and Family Services Agency.  

Twenty-five adoption decrees were signed, creating 18 new families just in time for the holiday season.  “This is always such a wonderful event.  To see children who might otherwise have been in foster care for a number of years, or possibly aged out of the system, be officially united with their ‘forever family’ is a very moving experience,” stated DC Superior Court’s Family Court Presiding Judge Hiram Puig-Lugo.

Large International Delegation Visits DC Superior Court's Drug Court Program

on Fri, 12/11/2015 - 22:12

Court officials from South America and the Caribbean Observe One of the District’s Problem-Solving Court Programs

Drug policy and prison reform are not only major topics in the United States, but the entire western hemisphere.  From December 1-3rd, the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission hosted a high-level dialogue on “Alternatives to Incarceration for Drug-Related Offenses” in Washington, D.C.  OAS reports more than 3.5 million people are imprisoned, with at least one-third for drug-related crimes.