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How the District of Columbia Gets its Judges
How the District of Columbia Gets its Judges

This 2005 report is a comprehensive guide to the merit-based judicial nomination and renomination process for the District of Columbia Superior Court and Court of Appeals. Until now there has been little information on this important topic available to the public in an accessible way. The Council for Court Excellence guide describes the nine steps of the appointment process, from notice that a judge is retiring to public investiture of that judge’s replacement, and it describes the two D.C. Commissions which participate in evaluating judicial applicants.

A Victim's Guide to the D.C. Criminal Justice System
A Victim's Guide to the D.C. Criminal Justice System

Revised in 1999, the D.C. Victim's Guide is an accessible, easy-to-understand reference for a victim, their family or friends, or a witness of a crime who needs to better understand the steps involved in bringing a case to trial and the victim/witness' role in this process. Please call 202.785.5917 to order over the phone.

Victim Impact Statements: What They Are and How to Use Them
Victim Impact Statements: What They Are and How to Use Them

The D.C. Victims Rights Amendment Act of 1988 provides victims of a violent crime with the opportunity to file a victim impact statement to be considered by a judge at the time of sentencing. This brochure helps you understand your rights as a victim of crime, and explains how to complete a victim impact statement form. Please call 202.785.5917 to order over the phone.

Recovering Your Stolen Property: How to Get It Back Once the Police Find It
Recovering Your Stolen Property: How to Get It Back Once the Police Find It

In the District of Columbia and many other cities locating property stolen from you is only half the battle to recovering it. Should the police find your property, the prosecuting attorney often will hold it for identification purposes or as evidence in a trial. This easy-to-understand brochure helps you understand and navigate the procedures you need to follow to get your property returned to you. Please call 202.785.5917 to order over the phone.

Guilty or Not Guilty? You Decide: A Participatory Jury Experience for Students
Guilty or Not Guilty? You Decide: A Participatory Jury Experience for Students

($55 for video and Teacher's Guide). Through a 22-minute dramatization of an actual murder trial, this Council for Court Excellence interactive educational video places secondary school level and above students on a jury receiving instructions from an actual judge on issues they must consider when deciding the case. A companion Teacher's Guide contains background information on the jury system, discussion questions, suggested exercises and readings, and follow-up issues relating to the student's jury experience. The video and Teacher's Guide have been distributed to school systems, courts, and bar groups in over 25 states. Please call 202.785.5917 to order over the phone.

 
Jury Service Appreciation Campaign Fact Sheet

Tips for courts to create their own jury service appreciation campaigns, based on CCE's decade-long experience conducting such appreciation campaigns. Developed in the 1990's and utilized by many states, the ideas for conducting your own campaing are still current.

Practice Manual for Child Abuse and Neglect Cases in the District of Columbia
Practice Manual for Child Abuse and Neglect Cases in the District of Columbia

This comprehensive guide to neglect and abuse practices in the DC Superior Court Family Court has been written and peer-reviewed by experienced child neglect practitioners. Joanne Schamest and Leslie Susskand are the editors.

Jury Duty: Tips for Citizens
Jury Duty: Tips for Citizens

This short brochure provides much needed information for jurors. Some of the topics the brochure touches upon are: What to do when summoned for jury duty? What to expect if you fail to appear for jury duty. Should you drive or ride public transportation? Be prepared to spend time waiting.

Compliments and Complaints Guide
Compliments and Complaints Guide

The Council for Court Excellence is pleased to present its Compliments and Complaints Guide. This guide gathers in one place information about how to submit compliments or comments and how to make and resolve complaints about any professional in the DC justice system. The information in this guide comes from sixteen courts and agencies in the District that provided details about their compliment and complaint referral process.

Truancy Law Training Materials Packet
Truancy Law Training Materials Packet


 
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