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Circuit Court Bench Bar Committee 

       The next Committee meeting will be held on April 5, 2017.

 The following issues were raised at the March meeting of the Committee:

family law self help center
The Family Law Self Help Center is implementing evening hours to better serve the public.  Evening hours will be held on Tuesdays and the Center will be open until 8:00pm.

Courtroom 3E (formerly Courtroom 1) is being retrofitted with audio-visual capabilities to match the South Tower courtrooms.

Now on YouTube…
Videos have been produced to assist guardians in preparing and completing the annual fiduciary report.  These videos will soon be placed on the Circuit Court website.

Speaking of the Website…
As the Committee has been advertising, the Court Administration is in the process of redesigning the Circuit Court website.  Attorneys are invited to contact Anne Grant at or (240) 777-9152 to obtain a login to preview the redesigned website and provide feedback.

Construction and Relocations
Once renovations are complete in the former Criminal Clerks Office, the Assignment Office will permanently relocate there.

The Licensing Department will soon be renovated.  During renovations, the Licensing Department will be temporarily housed on the second floor where Land Records was formerly located.

In late spring and throughout the summer there will be extensive renovations to the Law Library.  This will result in limited availability of the conference rooms during the summer.

Scheduling Uncontested Divorce Hearings
The Clerk reminds attorneys to use the correct Joint Request to Schedule Contested Divorce Hearing if the parties are moving forward on mutual consent grounds.  This is not a state-issued form but rather is promulgated locally by our Clerk’s Office.  The form is available on the Circuit Court website and at the Clerk’s Office.

The Bench-Bar Committee extends our best wishes in retirement to Judge Joseph Quirk, whose last day of service as an active judge was February 28, 2017. 

Upcoming Retirements
In addition to Judge Quirk, by the end of July the court expects three more judges will retire.  This will leave four vacancies on the Circuit Court bench to be filled by Governor Hogan.

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

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.