When the Justices of the Appellate Courts were visiting Appellate Courts in Washington D.C., I had the opportunity of going with them and learning from that experience.
We visited the Superior Court and the Courts of Appeals first. These were both established in 1970 and they constitute the District Courts of the District of Columbia. The Superior Court is the trial court of general jurisdiction for the District of Columbia; the equivalent of our High Court and consists of a Chief Judge (its head) and 61 Associate Judges. The court is assisted by the service of 24 Magistrate Judges as well as Retired Judges who have been recommended and approved as Senior Judges. The Court of Appeals is the highest Court of the District of Columbia which also consists of a Chief Judge and 8 Associate Judges and it too is assisted by the service of Retired Judges who have been recommended and approved as Senior Judges. Cases before the Court of Appeals are determined by randomly selected, three-judge divisions, unless a hearing or rehearing before the court sitting by the full Court of all nine Judges is requested and ordered.
The Court of Appeals has a General...Read More