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Circuit Court Bench Bar Committee 

The Circuit Court Bench-Bar Committee met on Wednesday, October 4th, at 8:00 a.m., in Room 3240 of the Circuit Court. The Committee will continue to meet at 8:00 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month.

Cell Phone Use Reminder
Please be reminded that cell phone use is not permitted in Court without the express permission of the presiding Judge (such as to clear dates).

Courthouse Renovations
Rockville City continues renovations outside of the Maryland Avenue entrance to the Circuit Court. Litigants and attorneys are encouraged to use the Monroe Street or Terrace Level entrances while construction is ongoing, likely through February 2018.

Circuit Court Website
Remember the Circuit Court docket is now listed online each day, indexed by party last name, on the new Circuit Court website. You can access the docket by clicking the “Court Schedule” link. Attorneys are encouraged to visit

Updates on Criminal Matters
The Justice Reinvestment Act went into effect October 1, 2017, and has begun impacting criminal cases in Montgomery County. The legislative goal of the Act was to reduce the number of incarcerated individuals in Maryland, and re-route the funds that would otherwise have been spent on their incarceration to more rehabilitative-minded programs among other things. We await the full impact these legislative changes may have on the handling of criminal cases in the County.

Initial financial qualification interviews for the Office of the Public Defender are now handled by the Commissioners, rather than through the Office of the Public Defender.

The Office of the State’s Attorney is making use of additional funds designated by the County to address gang violence by assembling a felony team that will focus specifically on these cases.

Family Law Self Help Center
The Family Law Self Help Center continues to expand its reach, assisting an increasing volume of unrepresented litigants. Just under 10,000 unrepresented litigants received assistance through the Center last year, and likely more will have received assistance by the end of 2017.

If you have any concerns or issues to bring to the Committee’s attention, please feel free to contact either of the Co-Chairs for the 2017-2018 term: Heather Collier at (301) 340-9090 or or Meg Rosan at (301) 656-1177 or


Heather C. Collier
Megan N. Rosan


Committee Meetings

November 1, 2017
December 6, 207
January 3, 2018
February 7, 2018
March 7, 2018
April 4, 2018
May 2, 2018
June 6, 2018

     Meetings will be held at 8AM on the 1st Wednesday of the month in the Administrative Judge's Conference Room in the North Tower, Room 3240 of the Circuit Court building.