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Circuit Court Bench Bar Committee 

     The Clerk of the Court, Barbara Meiklejohn, brings the following matters to your attention: 
     Effective July 1, 2015 the Circuit Court's License Department will process passport applications by appointment only; we will no longer take walk in customers.  Appointments may be scheduled Monday through Friday from 8:30a.m. - 1:00 p.m. by calling 240-777-9460.
     Statewide subpoenas are expected to become available on July 1, 2015.
     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:
     The Sheriff’s Department encourages the utilization of the Terrace Level Entrance to the Courthouse.  This is often the fastest point of entry.
     The Kid’s Spot for child supervision also offers a place for caregivers to wait with children of parties who are in court.
     Limited Scope Representation in civil cases is upon us. However, attorneys are reminded that rules regarding service must be followed by the limited scope attorneys.
     Training on the new courtroom technology is available from Technical Services.  In the event an attorney believes a technology courtroom is required for a case, the attorney should contact Judy Rupp or Judge Debelius.
     The State’s Attorney’s Office announces that electronic discovery has begun in Circuit Court cases.
     As a reminder, the BAMC’s Circuit Court Bench-Bar Committee will serve as a vehicle by which an attorney member of the Bar may informally and anonymously express a comment regarding a judicial member of the Circuit Court bench.  In this regard, the Bench-Bar Committee, through its chair or other designated committee or subcommittee members, whom receive a comment about a judge through a telephone call or correspondence, then will exercise its discretion to determine whether the comment is of an appropriate nature to communicate to the subject judge, in an anonymous manner.  The BAMC is fortunate to have judges and attorneys who value informal avenues of communication that enhance the opportunity to reduce conflict between attorneys and judges, and improve both the access to, and the administration of, justice in Montgomery County.
     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

September 2, 2015
October 7, 2015
November 4, 2015
December 2, 2015
January 6, 2016
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.