Answered By: Kate Britt
Last Updated: Apr 20, 2018     Views: 0

The federal trial court in the District of Columbia is the United States District Court for the District of Columbia (D.C.D.C.) (reported in the Federal Supplement). It hears cases arising out of federal claims. 

The federal appellate court in the District of Columbia is the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (D.C.Cir.) (commonly known as the D.C. Circuit) (reported in the Federal Reporter). 

The local trial court in the District of Columbia is the Superior Court (unreported, like most state trial-level courts). The Superior Court hears cases arising out of the District of Columbia Code Annotated. 

The local appellate court in the District of Columbia is the District of Columbia Court of Appeals (reported in the Atlantic Reporter). It is the state court of last resort in the District of Columbia. 

Both U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals cases can be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, the former as a federal appellate court, the latter as the state court of last resort.

  Federal Claims Local Claims

Federal Appellate Court /State Court of Last Resort

United States Supreme Court United States Supreme Court
Appellate Court U.S. Court of Appeals (Federal Reporter) D.C. Court of Appeals (Atlantic Reporter)
Trial Court U.S. District Court (Federal Supplement) Superior Court (Unreported)

 

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