An Act To increase the jurisdiction of the Municipal Court for the District of Columbia in civil actions, to change the names of the court, and for other purposes

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Summary

  • The Police Court of the District of Columbia and the Municipal Court of the District of Columbia were consolidated as the Municipal Court for the District of Columbia and later became named the Municipal Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Hereafter this court shall be known as the "District of Columbia Court of General Sessions". The powers and jurisdiction of the designated court are set forth. The Court shall consist of the criminal, civil, and small claims and conciliation, and domestic relations branches. The Court shall have exclusive jurisdiction of civil actions commenced after the effective date of this amendatory subsection, including such actions against executors, administrators and other fiduciaries, in which the claimed value of personal property or the debt or damages claimed, does not exceed the sum of $10,000 exclusive of interest and costs.
  • If, in any action, other than an action for equitable relief, pending on the effective date of this amendment or thereafter commenced in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, it shall appear to the satisfaction of the court at or subsequent to any pretrial hearing but prior to trial thereof that the action will not justify a judgment in excess of $10,000, the court may certify such action to the District of Columbia Court of General Sessions for trials. The District of Columbia Court of General Sessions shall have the power to compel the attendance of witnesses by attachment and any judge thereof shall have the power in any case to punish for disobedience of any order.
  • The court established by section 6 of the Act of April 1, 1942 (56 Stat. 190; D.C. Code, sec. 11-771), hereafter shall be known as the "District of Columbia Court of Appeals". Any reference to the Municipal Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, shall be held to be a reference to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

Subject

  • District of Columbia Court of General Sessions
  • District of Columbia Municipal Court
  • United States District Court, District of Columbia

Category

Smithsonian Legal Documents

Legal document information

  • 76 Stat. 1171
  • Title 28, Judiciary and Judicial Procedure
  • Public Law

Citation information

Statutes at Large

Contained within

76 Stat. 1171 (1962); Pub. L. No. 87-873 (Book)

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

  • 1963
  • 10/23/1962

Topic

  • Repeal of legislation
  • Judicial power
  • Amendments (Parliamentary practice)
  • Actions and defenses
  • Judges
  • Witnesses
  • Courts
  • Damages
  • Courts--District of Columbia
  • District of Columbia--Courts

Place

District of Columbia

Form/Genre

Public Law

Physical description

Number of pages: 2; Page Numbers: 1171-72

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