The following is from the Guide to Federal Records:
Record Group 21.10.4 Records of the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia
(SCDC, 1863-1936) and its successor, the U.S. District Court for
the District of Columbia (USDCDC, 1936- )
History: SCDC established by an act of March 3, 1863 (12 Stat. 762), assuming functions formerly exercised by U.S. Circuit, District, and Criminal Courts for the District of Columbia (See 21.10.1, 21.10.2, and 21.10.3, respectively). Redesignated USDCDC, without change of jurisdiction or functions, by an act of June 25, 1936 (49 Stat. 1921).
Textual Records: General term minutes, 1863-1903. Law records, including minutes, 1863-64; dockets, 1863-1955; and case files, 1863-1950. Equity records, including minutes, 1863-1900; equity dockets and case files, 1863-99; equity dockets index, 1863-1938; and adoption dockets and case files, 1907-37. Civil action dockets and index to civil actions, 1938-49. Criminal records, including minutes, 1863-1934; criminal dockets and case files, 1863-1946; grand jury dockets, 1868-70, 1924-46; and case files, 1924-46. Habeas corpus and extradition records, including minutes, 1891-1931; dockets, 1863- 1933; case files, 1863-1933; and extradition requisitions, 1868- 77. Admiralty case files, 1863-68. Land case files, 1869-1929. Lien law case files, 1833-1934. Bankruptcy records, 1867-97, including case files, 1867-78. Records relating to naturalization, 1802-1926. Records relating to probate, 1801- 1934, including case files, 1801-78. Appellate jurisdiction records, 1870-1924. Records relating to mental competency actions, consisting of dockets, 1899-1946; index to mental health dockets, 1899-1972; minutes of hearings, 1924-28, 1937-38; and District Training School dockets, 1925-57. Records of Watergate-related cases, consisting of grand jury lists and orders, 1972-74; and civil, criminal, and miscellaneous case files, 1972-82. Criminal case files relating to United States vs. Marion S. Barry, Jr., 1990. Criminal case file relating to U.S. vs. John M. Poindexter ET. AL. (CR 80-08), 1987-93.
Specific Restrictions: As specified by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, sealed adoption records are not to be opened except on order of the court.
Finding Aids: Janet Weinert, comp., "Preliminary Inventory of the Records of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia," NC 2 (1964); supplement in National Archives microfiche edition of preliminary inventories.
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