Code of the District of Columbia

§ 2–1603. Board of Trustees.

(a) The powers of the Service shall be vested in a Board of Trustees composed of 11 members. The Board of Trustees shall establish general policy for the Service but shall not direct the conduct of particular cases.

(b)(1) Members of the Board of Trustees shall be appointed by a panel consisting of:

(A) The Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia;

(B) The Chief Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals;

(C) The Chief Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia; and

(D) The Mayor of the District of Columbia.

(2) The panel shall be presided over by the Chief Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals (or in his absence, the designee of such Judge). A quorum of the panel shall be 4 members.

(3) Four of the 11 members of the Board of Trustees shall be non-attorneys and shall be residents of the District of Columbia.

(4) Judges of the United States courts in the District of Columbia and of District of Columbia courts may not be appointed to serve as members of the Board of Trustees.

(5) The term of office of a member of the Board of Trustees shall be 3 years. No person shall serve more than 2 consecutive terms as a member of the Board of Trustees. A vacancy in the Board of Trustees shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment. Any member appointed to fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of the term for which his predecessor was appointed shall be appointed only for the remainder of such term.

(c) The trustees of the Legal Aid Agency for the District of Columbia in office on the date of enactment of this chapter shall serve the unexpired portions of their terms as trustees of the Service.

(d) For the purposes of any action brought against the trustees of the Service, they shall be deemed to be employees of the Service.


(July 29, 1970, 84 Stat. 655, Pub. L. 91-358, title III, § 303; Mar. 6, 1979, D.C. Law 2-155, § 2, 25 DCR 6986; Oct. 28, 1986, 100 Stat. 3228, Pub. L. 99-573, § 17; Aug. 5, 1997, 111 Stat. 762, Pub. L. 105-33, § 11272(a); Oct. 21, 1998, 112 Stat. 2427, Pub. L. 105-274, § 7(d); Jan. 28, 2016, 130 Stat. 9, Pub. L. 114-118, § 4(b)(1).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-2703.

1973 Ed., § 2-2223.

Effect of Amendments

The 2016 amendment by Pub. L. 114-118 substituted “employees of the Service” for “employees of the District of Columbia” in (d).

Editor's Notes

Section 11272 of Pub. L. 105-33: Section 7(d) of Pub. L. 105-274 provided that § 11272 of Pub. L. 105-33, which rewrote (a), is repealed, effective October 21, 1998. Subsection (a) is set out above as it appeared prior to the enactment of § 11272.

Section 4(b)(2) of Pub. L. 114-118 provided that the amendment made by § 4(b)(1) of the act shall take effect as if included in the enactment of the District of Columbia Courts and Justice Technical Corrections Act of 1998 (Public Law 105-274; 112 Stat. 2419).

Change in Government

This section originated at a time when local government powers were delegated to the District of Columbia Council and to a Commissioner of the District of Columbia. The District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act, 87 Stat. 818, § 711 ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.11), abolished the District of Columbia Council and the Office of Commissioner of the District of Columbia. These branches of government were replaced by the Council of the District of Columbia and the Office of Mayor of the District of Columbia, respectively. Accordingly, and also pursuant to § 714(a) of such Act ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.14(a)), appropriate changes in terminology were made in this section.