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Circuit Court Bench Bar Committee 

     We had another successful year with the Circuit Court Bench Bar Committee and thanks to all the stakeholders including the Circuit Court Judiciary and Administration, the Clerk’s Office, the Sheriff’s Office, the State’s Attorney’s Office, the Public Defender’s Office, the County Attorney’s Office and all the various BAMC Sections and Committees for attending the meetings and making our committee work.  We look forward to the 2014-2015 year and a reminder that all meetings are open and any members of the BAMC are welcome to attend the meetings.  All meetings will be held on the 1st Wednesday of the month at 8:00 a.m. in the Administrative Judge’s Conference Room, on the 3rd floor of the North Tower of the Circuit Court building in Rockville.
     Congratulations to Judge Debelius and the Courthouse Administration for the successful opening of the new South Tower of the Circuit Court.  The lawyers and the courthouse staff our really proud to have this great new facility. A reminder that the Terrace Entrance to the Courthouse will be closed for a period of time due to refurbishment of that entrance so please plan accordingly.
     The Clerk of the Court, Loretta Knight, brings the following matters to your attention: 
     Rule 1-322.1: Exclusion of Personal Identifier Information in Court Filings.  By a Rules Order filed on May 1, 2013, the Court of Appeals adopted new Rule 1-322.1, effective July 1, 2013, to require the exclusion of certain personal identifier information from court filings. Subsequently, by a Rules Order filed on July 2, 2013, the Court of Appeals amended Rule 1-322.1 on an emergency basis (effective July 9, 2013), and also adopted a new companion rule, Rule 1-322.2 (with a deferred effective date of July 1, 2014).  The amended Rule 1-322.1 differs from the original in several important ways.  First the amended Rule now applies only to “pleadings and other papers filed in an action” – in other words, litigation records – and not to “administrative records, business license records or notice records” as defined in the Rules.  Second, the amended Rule clarifies that it does not apply to filings by “a judge or judicial appointee.”  Third, the amended Rule no longer classifies birthdates as personal identifier information requiring exclusion from filings.  Fourth, the amended Rule now allows only two exceptions, for: financial account identifiers specifying the property allegedly subject to forfeiture in forfeiture actions, and the record of an administrative agency proceeding.   The companion rule, Rule 1-322.2, when it takes effect on July 1, 2014, will require filers to include, in each covered filing, a certificate confirming their compliance with Rule 1-322.1.  
     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

September 3, 2014
October 1, 2014
November 5, 2014
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.