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District Court Bench Bar Committee

     Continuances: The court brought up a concern that attorneys are requesting continuances due to incomplete discovery.   The parties are encouraged to promptly undertake discovery and complete the discovery in accordance with the rules and procedure.  It is not good cause to grant a continuance due to the parties not promptly undertaking and completing discovery.  
     Military Affidavits: In civil cases where the Plaintiff is requesting affidavit judgment, it will be necessary to file an updated military affidavit if the original affidavit is no longer current.  This will typically come about when it is necessary to reissue one or more times until service is obtained.  If the current trial date for which you have obtained service is more than 6 months after the date on the non-military affidavit filed with the initial complaint, you should submit an updated one before the affidavit trial date.  
     Law Enforcement Body Cameras: Body cameras for law enforcement officers are being put into use.  The recordings from the cameras will be available to the State Attorney’s Office. The State Attorney’s Office will be able to use the recordings as evidence in court, and will make the recordings available for electronic discovery to defense counsel.


Reginald W. Bours
Richard D. London



October 1, 2015
November 5, 2015
December 3, 2015
January 7, 2016
February 4, 2016
March 3, 2016
April 7, 2016
May 5, 2016

Committee Meetings will be held on the 1st Thursday of the month at 8AM in the Judges Conference Room in the District Court building, 191 East Jefferson St., Rockville, MD, unless otherwise noted.