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District Court Bench Bar Committee

     New Marijuana Procedures and Form: The court is still in the process of developing the procedures and forms to implement the new rules involving charges for small amounts of marijuana.  The court has developed a form that will be provided to individuals who have been charged and are able to pay a fine rather than having to appear in court.      The form also informs the individual of the consequences of not paying the fine. We are providing the notice for your review on page 7 of this Newsletter. 
     Persons who are under 21 will still need to appear in court.  
     After hours filing: The court has maintained an after-hours drop box at the Commissioner’s Office for the convenience of counsel to file pleadings that have deadlines.  If you have a deadline and can not make it to the court before the court closes, you can still leave your filing in the drop box.
     Filings will be accepted in the drop box in the commissioner’s office up until midnight.  If you file the pleading by midnight, it will be stamped the next morning as received the date of the last business day before.  If you can not get your filing in by midnight you should wait and file the document on the next business day.  
     Miscellaneous Matters: Counsel are reminded that if you want a date stamped copy of a filing, you need to supply a self-addressed return stamped envelope.  
     If you have a judgment that has been paid and satisfied, the case should be tendered accordingly.  Do not send in a
3-506(b) dismissal in those incidences.  
     Service on Agencies: If you are making service on the State Department of Assessment and Taxation, the Insurance Commissioner, or other entities that by statute or rule you may serve to successfully obtain service on your defendant through those agencies, you must make the request for the summons to be issued in that manner.  Do not take a regular summons that has not been issued for that purpose, and try to serve it on the agency.  The time for response will not be correct and the court will not accept the service.  
     Court Closings: Counsel are reminded that the Court will be closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years day, as well as the Fridays following those holidays.

Richard London, Co-Chair
Reg Bours, Co-Chair


District Court Practice Pointer

     It is absolutely necessary for the attorneys to inform the court if they are running late.  The number to call for Rockville cases is (301) 563-8867.  The number to call for Silver Spring cases is (301) 563-8520.
     If you are in another courtroom, in the Circuit Court, etc., you must make the court, or the courtroom clerk in the court where you are scheduled to be, aware of your location.
     The court will attempt to work with counsel if they are unavoidably delayed, and if they notify the court of their delayed circumstances.

Co-Chairs

Reginald W. Bours
Richard D. London

 

Meeting
Dates

December 4, 2014
January 8, 2015
February 5, 2015
March 5, 2015
April 2, 2015
May 7, 2015

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.