Although D.C. Courts' phones and e-mails are down, Legal Times caught up with court spokesperson Leah Gurowitz to get the skinny on the closing. Here's the deal: The court first lost a power line sometime on Saturday but was able to keep running with the two other power lines to the courthouse. But at 3 p.m. yesterday another line went down leaving two-thirds of the Indiana Street complex in the dark.
Pepco told court officials that it might be several hours before full power was restored so employees, lawyers and jurors went home early yesterday. Before dawn this morning, Pepco officials told the court they had located the problem and sent in a repair crew to fix it. Gurowitz says the courthouse expects to have power back by the end of today and reopen the building tomorrow. Until then, arraignments will take place in courtroom 202 of the Moultrie Courthouse and new referrals for juvenile cases (the equivalent of arraignments) will take place at the Youth Services Center.