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District of Columbia Legal Research

A short guide to researching the law of the District of Columbia using the resources of the Kathryn J. DuFour Law Library.

Court Rules

Court rules are available from these sources:

  • D.C. Court Rules Annotated (KFD1729 .A193): This annual publication includes rules for the various state and federal courts in DC. 
  • D.C. Rules of Court (KFD1230 .A22): This annual three-volume set includes rules and forms for the DC Superior Court and DC Court of Appeals. 
  • The court rules are also published on the web sites of the Court of Appeals and the Superior Court.

Jury Instructions

Jury Instructions for the District of Columbia courts are available in print and on Lexis:

  • Standardized Civil Jury Instructions for D.C. (KFD1742.6 .A65 B37): includes forms.
  • Criminal Jury Instructions for D.C. (KFD1783 .A65 C752): includes forms.