District of Columbia Self Help and Legal Research
This page provides information about Self Help and Legal Research resources in District of Columbia.
Links are grouped by those that cover courts statewide, for multiple counties, and then by individual county.
District of Columbia - Statewide Courts Self Help
Family Court Self-Help Services
View information about the Family Court Self-Help Center and services offered for people without attorneys.
Domestic Violence Resources
View information about Domestic Violence Intake Centers as well as other community resources, including confidential services such as Women Empowered Against Violence (WEAVE).
Child Support Resources
View child support information and an online child support calculator.
View information about representing yourself in Superior Court in several different case types including Civil, Small Claims, Landlord-Tenant, Housing Conditions, Domestic Violence, Family Court, Probate, and Mediation.
Superior Court Rules
View Superior Court Rules governing civil, small claims, landlord-tenant, criminal, domestic violence, neglect and abuse, mental health, and probate cases.
D.C. Child and Family Services
The D.C. Child and Family Services Agency is responsible for the protection of children at risk of abuse and neglect, and provides intervention, foster care, and placement services. The agency also assists at-risk families, partners, and caretakers.
Civil Division Information
View information about the Civil Division, including descriptions of the branches and links to additional resources.
Counsel for Child Abuse and Neglect Office
View information about the Counsel for Child Abuse and Neglect (CCAN) Office, a branch of Family Court that handles the assignment of attorneys in child abuse and neglect cases.
D.C. Community Courts
View information about the District of Columbia's Community Courts, which handle traffic and misdemeanor criminal cases and provide alternative forms of sentencing such as community service, diversion and treatment programs.
D.C. Problem-Solving Courts
View information about the District of Columbia's Drug Court, Prostitution Court, and Mental Health Diversion Program, which can set up treatment, educational, and employment programs in lieu of jail for some offenders.
Probate Resource Center
View information about the Probate Resource Center, which provides free assistance to people representing themselves in the Probate Division.
View and download videos and brochures regarding handling of decedents' estates, guardianship of minors, and conservatorship of adults who are unable to provide for their personal needs or manage their financial resources.
Tax Division Information
View information about filing a petition in the Tax Division to dispute your District of Columbia tax assessment.
Tax Division Rules
View the court rules for the Tax Division.
Dispute Resolution Information
View information about the Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Division of Superior Court, which can help parties resolve disputes without going to court. Programs include mediation, arbitration, case evaluation, and concilition in civil, small claims, landlord-tenant, medical malpractice, family, probate, and tax disputes. Links to specific programs are on the left side of the Dispute Resolution web page.
Free Legal Information
Legal information is organized by topic including Consumer, Employment, Family Law, Housing, Public Benefits, Immigration, Estate Planning, Guardianship, Small Business Law, and Taxation.
Information on Sealing and Expungement of Records
View information from the District of Columbia Public Defender on the sealing or expungement of criminal records.
Housing Conditions Calendar
View information about the Housing Conditions Calendar, a program in the Civil Actions Branch that allows tenants to sue for housing code violations. Links to complaint and summons forms and instructions are included.
Search answers to frequently asked questions about District of Columbia courts by keyword, date range, court type, and subject.
District of Columbia Official Code
Search the Official Code of the District of Columbia by keyword, or browse the table of contents by title.
Contest Traffic and Parking Tickets
Contest District of Columbia parking and photo enforcement tickets online, or schedule minor moving violation hearings online. View instructions for contesting tickets by mail or in person.
Small Claims Information
View information about small claims cases, including monetary limits, preparation and procedural assistance, the Small Claims Resource Center, and links to additional online resources.
Foreclosure Prevention Resources
View resources for preventing foreclosure in the District of Columbia, including local housing counseling agencies, the Home Saver Program, and a link to legal aid providers.