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About JNC

The District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission (JNC) was established by the District of Columbia Self-Government and Government Reorganization Act of December 24, 1973 (known as the “Home Rule Act”). 

JNC screens, selects and recommends to the President of the United States candidates for appointment to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.  The JNC also appoints the chief judges for both courts.

The Commission members are appointed as follows:

  • President of the United States (1 lawyer member)
  • Mayor of the District of Columbia (2 members, one  must be a non-lawyer)
  • District of Columbia Council (1 non-lawyer member)
  • Chief Judge, US District Court for the District of Columbia (federal judge)
  • DC Bar (2 lawyer members)

A list of current Commission members.


The mission of the JNC is to recommend to the President panels of highly qualified individuals to fill judicial vacancies on the DC Superior Court of DC Court of Appeals, and to select the chief judges of each of these courts.

Contact JNC

Tracy B. Nutall, Esq., Executive Director
515 5th Street, NW, Suite 235
Washington, DC  20001
[email protected]
Phone: (202) 879-0478
Fax: (202) 879-0755

Cecelia Harper, Executive Assistant
[email protected]
Phone: (202) 879-0477
Fax: (202) 737-9126