Circuit Court Bench Bar Committee
The next Committee meeting will be held on November 2, 2016.
The following issues were raised at the October meeting of the Committee:
Mental Health Court
The Circuit Court is pleased to announce that the mental health court is actively working to establish processes and procedures. Judge Bair will preside over the mental health court with a Friday afternoon docket. The Court is hopeful that the mental health court will begin in December 2016.
The Court Administrator asks folks who visit the Circuit Court website to complete a brief survey on the website. The website is being redesigned and the Court would like feedback from attorneys as to how to optimize the new website.
Reminder as to Civil Filing Fees
The Civil Division would like to remind attorneys that the cost of new civil matters is $165.00 and the dismissal fee is $15.00.
Coming Soon – E-Recording
The Clerk is pleased to announce that e-filing of deeds and other land records will be coming soon to Montgomery County. E-recordation is in place in a few other jurisdictions presently.
Renovations and Relocations
The renovation of the Civil Department is complete and the civil clerks have returned to their former location.
The Monroe Street entrance to the Circuit Court is scheduled to reopen at the end of October, barring any construction delays. There will initially only be pedestrian access to the Monroe Street entrance, with vehicular access to follow shortly thereafter.
Civil Pretrial Statements
The DCM Coordinator would like to remind folks that for all civil cases which were filed on and after September 1, 2016, the deadline for the filing of the pretrial statement has been changed. The deadline is now 17 days prior to the Settlement/Pretrial Conference. The goal is to ensure that the Senior Judges who preside over the Settlement/Pretrial have ample time to review the Pretrial Statement prior to the Conference. This change to the filing deadlines does not affect cases which were filed prior to September 1, 2016.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org; Jeremy Rachlin at (301) 913-2948 or email@example.com or Michael A. Taylor at (301) 251-2772, firstname.lastname@example.org.