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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.

Website Redesign
     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; 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

November 2, 2016
December 7, 2016
January 4, 2017
February 1, 2017
March 1, 2017
April 5, 2017
May 3, 2017
June 7, 2017

     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.