CCE highlights systemic challenges in the justice system and through research, advocacy, technical support, coalition building, and education offers bold solutions to address them. Bringing a race equity lens to its work, it helps court-involved individuals – those charged with or vicitimized by crimes, senior citizens, people with disabilities, immigrants, and children trapped between the abuse/neglect and juvenile justice systems. Its criminal justice work tackles issues like the sealing of criminal records, employment barriers for returning citizens, and over-incarceration of Black people. Civil justice reform includes jury system modernization, language access, and civil case delay reduction. Youth justice efforts cover legal representation in family court, advocacy on the treatment of youth offenders, and school discipline. CCE also educates members of the community about their rights and the legal tools available – because District residents deserve a legal system that equitably serves everyone.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 2

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide

Age Groups Served: All

Population(s) Served: Individuals with Disabilities; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students; Immigrants/Refugees

  • Number of times CCE Board leaders and staff testified before D.C. Council in 2021:   19
  • Number of times CCE leaders and publications were cited by media in 2021:   24
  • Number of volunteers who work with us annually:   250
  • Community education guides published by CCE:   14

Awards & Recognition

2022 Bar Association of the District of Columbia Presidential Award for CCE’s efforts to increase equal access to justice and preserve the rule of law across the District of Columbia.


Budget (FY2023)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for Council for Court Excellence is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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