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Circuit Court Bench Bar Committee 

      The Circuit Court Bench Bar Committee would like to thank all of those who came out to our April meeting.  
     The following issues were raised at the April meeting of the Committee:
     Renovation on First Floor of North Tower: The Court Administrator advises that renovations have begun on the first floor of the North Tower.  The Civil counter has shifted down the hall to where the Appeals counter is presently located and signage has been installed to direct folks to the correct location. 
     Transcripts: The Court Admini­strator advises that the Court will be shifting to an online ordering system for transcripts.  All of the existing transcript services and turnaround time will continue to be offered.  There will be a link to order a transcript from the Circuit Court webpage.
     Address Changes: Please remember to promptly notify the Clerk of a change in address of counsel of record or your client.  There has been a recent uptick in the number of notices mailed by the Court that have been returned as undeliverable due to a change of address.
     Legislative Update: Judge Debelius advised that legislation to fund 2 additional Circuit Court judgeships and 1 additional District Court judgeship has been approved by the Maryland legislature and is now subject to approval by the Governor.  Provided these 2 new Circuit Court judgeships come to fruition, it is anticipated that these judges would be invested in the fall of 2016.  
     Interpreters: Please remember to notify the Clerk’s Office if your matter has settled and if you had an interpreter scheduled at least 48 hours in advance.  The Clerk’s Office calls attorneys’ attention to the updated Request for Spoken Language Interpreter form which offers attorneys the ability to specify whether an interpreter is necessary for all hearings and events in a given matter or whether an interpreter is only necessary for a specified hearing or event.  If this form is on file requesting an interpreter at all hearings and events, please notify the Clerk’s Office anytime an interpreter will not be necessary in the matter (i.e., motions hearings).  Please help keep costs to the Court down and call to advise the Clerk’s Office anytime an interpreter will not be necessary
     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

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.