Circuit Court Bench Bar Committee
The following issues were raised at the November meeting of the Committee:
Welcome to Judge Harry Storm
The Committee would like to welcome Judge Harry Storm to the bench. Judge Storm will be assigned to the family rotation and his chambers and courtroom will be located in the North Tower, Eighth Floor.
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. Additionally, please contact the Clerk’s Office if your matter has a hearing scheduled for which parties will not be present or offer testimony and which no interpreter is needed (i.e., motions hearings). The Court and the Clerk’s Office observe that interpreters are often reserved for many motions hearings at which they are unnecessary, at a significant cost to the Court. Please help keep costs to the Court down and call to advise the Clerk’s Office anytime an interpreter will not be necessary.
Legislative Session 2016
A bill requesting new judgeships in the Circuit and District Courts in Maryland is expected to again be introduced during the 2016 legislative session. Montgomery County will be requesting 2 new Circuit Court judgeships based upon case filing statistics.
Retrofitting North Tower Courtrooms
The North Tower courtrooms are being retrofitted with audiovisual technology similar to that which exists in the South Tower courtrooms. As of the start of 2016, all but 3 courtrooms in the North Tower had been retrofitted with new audiovisual technology.
Cancellation of ADR
Magistrate Rosa would like to remind all attorneys that if you have an ADR appointment in your case, and the case settles or is otherwise dismissed or closed, please inform the assigned retired judge or mediator who was scheduled to perform mediation. Mediators are reporting appearing for purposes of conducting mediation only to learn that the case is closed.
Closure of Monroe Street Entrance
The Sheriff encourages visitors to the Courthouse to utilize the Terrace Level entrance to the Courthouse (on the ground level between the Circuit Court Building and the Executive Office Building, along East Jefferson Street). The Monroe Street Entrance to the Circuit Court will be closed through at least September 2016. While this closure has caused substantially more volume at the security checkpoints at the Maryland Avenue entrance, the Terrace Level entrance remains under-utilized.
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 email@example.com; Jeremy Rachlin at (301) 913-2948 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Michael A. Taylor at (301) 251-2772, email@example.com.
David C. Merkin
Michael A. Taylor
February 3, 2016
March 2, 2016
April 6, 2016
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.