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The DC Code: § 11-723 Certification of questions of law.

Index11 Organization and Jurisdiction of the Courts. (Refs & Annos)
a
The District of Columbia Court of Appeals may answer questions of law certified to it by the Supreme Court of the United States, a Court of Appeals of the United States, or the highest appellate court of any State, if there are involved in any proceeding before any such certifying court questions of law of the District of Columbia which may be determinative of the cause pending in such certifying court and as to which it appears to the certifying court there is no controlling precedent in the decisions of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.
b
This section may be invoked by an order of any of the courts referred to in subsection (a) upon the court's motion or upon motion of any party to the cause.
c
A certification order shall set forth (1) the question of law to be answered; and (2) a statement of all facts relevant to the questions certified and the nature of the controversy in which the questions arose.
d
A certification order shall be prepared by the certifying court and forwarded to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. The District of Columbia Court of Appeals may require the original or copies of all or such portion of the record before the certifying court as are considered necessary to a determination of the questions certified to it.
e
Fees and costs shall be the same as in appeals docketed before the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and shall be equally divided between the parties unless precluded by statute or by order of the certifying court.
f
The District of Columbia Court of Appeals may prescribe the rules of procedure concerning the answering and certification of questions of law, under this section.
g
The written opinion of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals stating the law governing any questions certified under subsection (a) shall be sent by the clerk to the certifying court and to the parties.
h
(1) The District of Columbia Court of Appeals, on its own motion or the motion of any party, may order certification of questions of law to the highest court of any State under the conditions described in subsection (a).
2
The procedures for certification from the District of Columbia to a State shall be those provided in the laws of that State.

Historical and Statutory

Prior Codifications 1981 Ed., § 11-723. Uniform Law This section is based upon §§ 1 to 9 of the Uniform Certification of Questions of Law Act (1967). See 12 Uniform Laws Annotated, Master Edition, or ULA Database on WESTLAW. DC CODE § 11-723 Current through December 11, 2012

Credits

(Oct. 28, 1986, 100 Stat. 3228, Pub. L. 99-573, § 7.) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Jurisdiction            Laws         Effective        Statutory Citation Date ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Alabama ........................................... Ala.Rules of App.Proc., Rule 18. Alaska ............................................ Alaska Rules of Appellate Procedure, Rule 407. Arizona .......... 1984, c. 111        8-3-1984     A.R.S. §§ 12-1861 to 12-1867. Colorado ............................. 4-1-1970     Colo.App.Rules, Rule 21.1. District of Columbia ....... P.L. 99-573         10-28-1986   D.C. Official Code, 2001 Ed. § 11-723. Florida .............................. 3-1-1961     Rules of App.Proc., Rule 9.150. Georgia ........................................... O.C.G.A. § 15-2-9. Iowa ............. 1979, S.F. 294      1-1-1980     I.C.A. §§ 684A.1 to 684A.11. Kansas ........... 1979, c. 181        7-1-1979     K.S.A. §§ 60-3201 to 60-3212. Kentucky ............................. 9-1-1978     Rules of Civil Procedure, Rule 76.37. Louisiana ........ 1972, No. 84                     LSA-R.S. 13:72.1; Sup.Ct.Rule 12. Maine ................................ 1-1-2001     Rules of Appellate Proc., Rule 25. Massachusetts ........................ 11-1-1971    Rules of Supreme Judicial Court, General Rule 1:03. Mississippi .......................... 8-1-1980     Rules of Appellate Procedure, Rule 20. New Hampshire ........................ 4-2-1968     RSA 490: Supreme Ct.Rules, Rule 34. New Mexico ....... Sup.Ct. Order                    NMRA, Rules of Appellate 9-16-1986                        Procedure, Rule 12-607. North Dakota ......................... 2-15-1977    Rules of App.Proc., Rule 47. Ohio ................................. 7-15-1988    Supreme Court Rules of Practice, Rule XVIII. Oregon ........... 1983, c. 103                     ORS 28.200 to 28.255. Rhode Island ...................................... Supreme Court Rules, Article I, Rule 6. South Dakota ..... 1984, c. 154                     SDCL 15-24A-1 to 15-24A-11. Washington ........................... 4-24-1974    West's RCWA 2.60.010 to 2.60.900. Wisconsin ........ Sup. Ct. Order      1-1-1983     W.S.A. 821.01 to 821.12. 6-16-1982 Wyoming .......... 1976, c. 36                      Rules of Appellate Procedure, Rules 11.01 to 11.07. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------