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Circuit Court Bench Bar Committee 

     The Clerk of the Court, Loretta Knight, brings the following matters to your attention:
     Dismissal Fee: When a Line of Dismissal is filed, a voluntary dismissal fee of $15.00 must be paid along with any outstanding court costs.  The Clerk’s office cannot docket the voluntary Line of Dismissal without the required fees being paid.
     Maryland Rule 2-507(b): If a defendant is not served within the 120 days from the issuance of original process, a Notice of Contemplated Dismissal will be mailed out.  An automatic dismissal for lack of jurisdiction without prejudice will be entered in 30 days from the date of this notice, unless prior to that time a written motion showing good cause to defer the entry of dismissal is filed.  Please note that a request and re-issuance of a summons does not re-start the 120 days.  The 120 days runs from the issuance of original process.
     Proposed Orders: Please remember to submit proposed orders with all motions, oppositions and petitions.  Having a proposed order submitted with the pleading eliminates confusion, any misunderstanding and speeds the process.
     Interpreters: As soon as it is known that an Interpreter is not required, please immediately notify the Clerk’s Office.  Your help is needed to reduce the expense of the cancellation fees
     The Clerk would like to know of any concerns, questions or suggestions you might have regarding her departments and/or procedures. Phone: 240-777-9464; email:
     If you have any concerns to bring to the Committee’s attention, please feel free to contact any Committee member or Committee Co-Chairs David C. Merkin at (301) 762-9200 or; or Michael A. Taylor at (301) 251-2772,


David C. Merkin
Michael A. Taylor


Committee Meetings

December 3, 2014
January 7, 2015
February 4, 2015
March 4, 2015
April 1, 2015
May 6, 2015
June 3, 2015
     Meetings will be held at 8AM on the 1st Wednesday of the month in the Administrative Judge's Conference Room, on the 3rd floor of the North Tower of the Circuit Court building, unless otherwise noted.