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Circuit Court Bench Bar Committee 

The Circuit Court Bench-Bar Committee would like to thank all of those who came out to our May meeting.

Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 8:00 am in the Administrative Judge’s Conference Room, Room 3240 of the North Tower of the Circuit Court in Rockville (next door to the Register of Wills). The remaining meeting date for the 2016-2017 term is June 7, 2017. The Committee will take July and August off and will resume meetings in September.

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

Family Law Self-Help Center
The Family Division and Court Administration are very proud of the Self-Help Center, which served approximately 9400 individuals during calendar year 2016. On average the Self-Help Center services approximately 50 individuals daily, with additional volume on Mondays and Fridays. As reported last month, Tuesday evening hours have been well-attended, servicing a population which might otherwise be unable to receive service during the working hours.

Construction and Relocations
The Licensing Department is under renovation and is temporarily housed on the second floor where Land Records was formerly located. Land Records is next up for renovation once the Licensing Department renovations are complete.

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.

Jury Summons Update
Jury summons have been updated to more clearly apprise jurors of the one-day/one-trial policy for jury service. Previously many jurors only believed there service would be for one day, even if called for a trial. The new language clarifies that jurors will be called for either only one day or for the duration of one trial.

Docketing of Orders
The Clerk’s Office is pleased to report that it has been able to improve its pace for docketing of signed orders and thanks the Bar’s understanding of more restrictive “rush” initial case processing policies in favor of freeing up staff members to docket signed orders. If you continue to have specific concerns about the docketing of orders in any particular case, please feel free to bring it to the attention of the Clerk’s office or our Committee..

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

 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.