Code of the District of Columbia

§ 28–3302. Rate of interest not expressed and on judgments.

(a) The rate of interest in the District upon the loan or forbearance of money, goods, or things in action in the absence of expressed contract, is 6% per annum.

(b) Interest, when authorized by law, on judgments or decrees against the District of Columbia, or its officers, or its employees acting within the scope of their employment, is at the rate of not exceeding 4% per annum.

(c) The rate of interest on judgments and decrees, where the judgment or decree is not against the District of Columbia, or its officers, or its employees acting within the scope of their employment or where the rate of interest is not fixed by contract, shall be 70% of the rate of interest set by the Secretary of the Treasury pursuant to section 6621 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, approved October 22, 1986 (100 Stat. 2744; 26 U.S.C. § 6621), for underpayments of tax to the Internal Revenue Service, rounded to the nearest full percent, or if exactly 1/2 of 1%, increased to the next highest full percent; provided, that a court of competent jurisdiction may lower the rate of interest under this subsection for good cause shown or upon a showing that the judgment debtor in good faith is unable to pay the judgment. In the case of the judgments entered prior to the effective date of the Consumer Credit Interest Rate Amendment Act of 1981, that are not satisfied until after the effective date of the Consumer Credit Interest Rate Amendment Act of 1981, the rate of interest thereon shall be the rate of interest prescribed in this subsection from the effective date of the Consumer Credit Interest Rate Amendment Act of 1981, until the date of satisfaction.


(Aug. 30, 1964, 78 Stat. 765, Pub. L. 88-509, § 1; Mar. 10, 1982, D.C. Law 4-70, § 2, 28 DCR 5236; June 4, 1982, D.C. Law 4-112, § 9, 29 DCR 1687; Dec. 16, 1987, D.C. Law 7-61, § 2, 34 DCR 7089; Mar. 9, 1988, D.C. Law 7-82, § 2, 34 DCR 8117.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 28-3302.

1973 Ed., § 28-3302.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 2-359.09, § 31-1101, § 31-4450, § 32-509, and § 32-1204.

Cross References

Domestic life companies, merger or consolidation, dissenting shareholders, see § 31-4450.

Family and medical leave, complaints, review, see § 32-509.

Government procurement, remedies, interest, see § 2-359.09.

Insurance premium finance companies, application of law, see § 31-1101.

Money lenders, interest and charges, limitations, see § 26-901 et seq.

Parental leave, administrative enforcement procedure, relief, see § 32-1204.

Pawnbrokers, excessive consideration prohibited, see § 47-2884.10.

References in Text

The “Consumer Credit Interest Rate Amendment Act of 1981”, referred to throughout subsection (c), is D.C. Law 4-70.