WASHINGTON — The District of Columbia’s highest court has ruled that the city must hold an election for the office of attorney general as soon as practically possible.

Wednesday’s ruling by the D.C. Court of Appeals reverses a lower-court ruling and invalidates a law passed by the D.C. Council. The council voted last year to postpone the city’s first election for attorney general until 2018. The position is currently a mayoral appointment. City voters approved a 2010 ballot measure that called for residents to elect their top attorney starting this year.

Defense lawyer Paul Zukerberg sued the council following the vote. A lower court sided with the council, but the Court of Appeals reversed that decision and said the election should be held this year or as soon as possible in 2015.

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