March 2

New DC Landlord and Tenant Court Procedures

The DC Landlord and Tenant Court is experimenting with two new procedures to allow lawyers to more efficiently manage their calendars.

First, when cases have lawyers involved on both sides, motions, status hearings, and further initial hearings can be scheduled for 2 p.m. Matters with a pro se litigant are not eligible for the 2 p.m. time slot.

Second, the clerk of the court will have a new sign-in sheet that allows parties to indicate when they are ready and the estimated length of the hearing.

We applaud the efforts to make the scheduling of matters as effective as possible.

February 7

Proposed Condominium Fee Fairness Act of 2014

The DC Council has proposed an amendment to the Condominium Act of 1976 to require mediation before a unit owner’s association may foreclose on a unit for recovery of condo fees. This is analogous to our city’s new foreclosure laws, which have created quite a backlog in the foreclosure process. The proposed Condominium Fee Fairness Act of 2014 can be found here.
Condominium Fee Fairness Act of 2014

May 2

Media Coverage of En Banc Ruling

The Court of Appeals replaced precedent dating back to 1892 in ruling that contracts entered by mentally incapacitated individuals are voidable, and not void. Coverage of the ruling can be found here.

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