The D.C. Courts and Public Defender Service Act makes several changes to the D.C. courts, including authorizing the D.C. Public Defender Service to provide liability insurance for its employees and requiring the chief judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals to summon active magistrates to an annual conference.
Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii), who serves as serves as chairman of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs
subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, Federal Workforce
and the District of Columbia, introduced the bill last year.
The House will consider the bill under suspension of the rules, setting it up for easy passage.