About the Court

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is often called the second highest court in the land, but don’t ask its judges why that is so. The D.C. Circuit is one of thirteen intermediate appellate courts in the federal judiciary. The Court’s eight active and five senior judges hear appeals from decisions of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and review rules and orders of federal administrative agencies.

The D.C. Circuit sits in the E. Barrett Prettyman United States Courthouse at 333 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001.

The Court’s oral argument schedule is accessible here on the Court’s website.

The D.C. Circuit Rules [pdf] are available here.

For a history of the Court by one of its notable alumni, see John G. Roberts, What Makes the D.C. Circuit Different?: A Historical View, 92 Va. L. Rev. 375 (2006) (“It turns out that the reason the D.C. Circuit has such a unique role with respect to reviewing legal challenges and decisions of the national government has at least as much to do with its unique history as it does with its physical location.”).