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Circuit Court Bench Bar Committee 

    The following issues were raised at the November meeting of the Committee:
New Judicial Rotation
     The new Circuit Court judicial rotation will start on January 4, 2016.  The assignment of judges within this rotation will be published separately.  All new cases assigned to Track IV are being assigned to incoming judges into the Track IV rotation.

     Please remember to notify the Clerk’s Office if your matter has settled and if you had an interpreter scheduled.  The Court pays a significant amount of money to interpreters who arrive to interpret testimony at hearings that are no longer scheduled because the Clerk’s Office was not notified that an interpreter would no longer be needed and could not cancel the interpreter.
Closure of Monroe Street Entrance
     On short notice, the Monroe Street Entrance to the Circuit Court is now required to be closed due to construction.  The closure is expected to last up to a year.  With 1500-2000 visitors entering the Circuit Court each day, the closure of one of the three entrances and security stations will cause substantial increases in the use of the other two entrances and security stations.  Attorneys are reminded that attorney identification passes are available through the MSBA or the BAMC, which will speed their passage through the entrances.  Attorneys should advise their clients to budget a few extra minutes to get through security.
     Effective January 1, the Court will attempt to simplify the ordering of transcripts.  All current services, pricing, and turnaround will remain, but the vendor will bill for the transcript instead of the Court.
Land Records
     From November 16, 2015 through approximately December 4, 2015, the Case Search Office of Land Records will be closed for renovations.  There will be no public access to the land records books or terminals during this time.  Filings will still be accepted at the Indexing and Duplications offices during this time.  Attorneys and members of the public can access land records online by establishing a free account at

     If you have any concerns to bring to the Committee’s attention, please feel free to contact any Committee member or Co-Chairs David C. Merkin at (301) 762-9200 or; Jeremy Rachlin at (301) 913-2948 or or Michael A. Taylor at (301) 251-2772,


David C. Merkin
Jeremy Rachlin
Michael A. Taylor


Committee Meetings

December 2, 2015
January 6, 2016
February 3, 2016
March 2, 2016
April 6, 2016
May 4, 2016
June 1, 2016
     Meetings will be held at 8AM on the 1st Wednesday of the month in the Circuit Court Conference Room, North Tower, Room 3240, unless otherwise noted.