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About CJDT

The District of Columbia Commission on Judicial Disabilities (CJDT) was created by the District of Columbia Court Reorganization Act of July 29, 1970, and subsequently reorganized with its jurisdiction significantly enlarged by the following acts:

  • District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act of December 24, 1973 (known as the “Home Rule Act”).
  • Retired Judge Service Act of October 30, 1984.

CJDT has the authority to remove a judge for willful misconduct in office, for willful and persistent failure to perform judicial duties, and for conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice, or which brings the judicial office into disrepute. The Commission also has the authority to retire a judge involuntarily if the Commission determines that the judge suffers from a mental or physical disability which is or is likely to become permanent and which prevents, or seriously interferes with, the proper performance of duties. In addition, the Commission may, under appropriate circumstances, censure or reprimand a judge publicly.


The mission of the Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure is to maintain public confidence in an independent, impartial, fair, and qualified judiciary, and to enforce the high standards of conduct judges must adhere to both on and off the bench.

Contact CJDT

Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

How to Reach Us

515 5th Street, NW, Suite 246
Washington, DC 20001
[email protected]

Phone: (202) 727-1363
Fax: (202) 727-9718
TTY: (202) 727-1363

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