Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter I. General Provisions.


§ 16–1301. Jurisdiction of District Court.

The United States District Court for the District of Columbia has exclusive jurisdiction of all proceedings for the condemnation of real property authorized by subchapters IV and V of this chapter, with full power to hear and determine all issues of law and fact that may arise in the proceedings.


(Dec. 23, 1963, 77 Stat. 572, Pub. L. 88-241, § 1; July 29, 1970, 84 Stat. 557, Pub. L. 91-358, title I, § 145(f)(1).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 16-1301.

1973 Ed., § 16-1301.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 9-1203.06.

Cross References

Alley and street closings, acquisition authority, see § 9-203.02.

Assessment officials as expert witnesses in condemnation proceedings, see § 14-308.

Establishment of building lines on streets, acquisition authority, see § 6-403.

Insanitary buildings, condemnation, see § 6-901 et seq.

Low income housing, acquisition authority, see § 6-101.01.

Municipal center, acquisition authority, see § 10-601.

Parks, parkways and playgrounds, acquisition authority, see § 2-1009.

Pipeline rights of way, acquisition procedure, see § 34-2401.27.

Public roads, condemnation of materials for making and repairing, see § 9-1219.01.

Railroad company, acquisition authority, see § 9-1203.06.

Refuse incinerators, site acquisition authority, see § 8-705.

Subways or viaducts and approaches, acquisition authority, see § 9-1201.15.

Telegraph and telephone companies, acquisition authority, see § 34-1921.08.


§ 16–1302. Assignment of judge for condemnation cases.

The chief judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia shall assign from time to time, and for such periods as he determines, one of the judges of the court to hear cases involving the condemnation of real property in the District of Columbia. In case of the disability of the judge so assigned, or for any other reason, the chief judge may assign any judge of the Court for service in condemnation cases.


(Dec. 23, 1963, 77 Stat. 572, Pub. L. 88-241, § 1.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 16-1302.

1973 Ed., § 16-1302.


§ 16–1303. Jurisdiction of Superior Court.

The Superior Court of the District of Columbia has jurisdiction of all proceedings for the condemnation of real property authorized by subchapters II and III of this chapter with full power to hear and determine all issues of law and fact that may arise in the proceedings.


(July 29, 1970, 84 Stat. 558, Pub. L. 91-358, title I, § 145(f)(2).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 16-1303.

1973 Ed., § 16-1303.

Cross References

Community development, acquisition of property, see § 6-1005.

Eminent domain, jurisdiction, see § 16-1303.