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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 June meeting, the final meeting of our 2016-2017 term.

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

MDEC

The target date for Montgomery County to come online on MDEC is June 2019.  Beginning in December 2017, the courthouse will embark on an 18-month data migration process so that all files are converted to MDEC by the time Montgomery County goes live.  Members of the Clerk’s Office and Court Administration are working with the Administrative Office of the Courts and Tyler Technologies to ensure that MDEC is able to process our volume of cases.

Law Library Renovations

It is summer and the Law Library renovations are upon us.  Although conference room space in the library will be limited, additional conference rooms are being made available elsewhere around the courthouse towers.  To book any of these conference rooms, please contact the Law Library as is currently the procedure.  Renovations are expected to be completed by the end of the summer.

Judicial Rotation Change

At the end of June, judges will enter new rotations.  A few chambers relocations will be necessary as part of this process.  Look for more information about judicial assignments and chambers in this and future editions of the Newsletter and on the Circuit Court webpage.

Judicial Vacancies

There are presently two vacancies on the Circuit Court due to retirements.  Two more vacancies are expected by the end of 2017 also due to retirements.    

Kids Spot

Family law attorneys, please remind your clients that Kids Spot is available to them at no charge if they are participating in daytime co-parenting classes.

Welcome…

We’d like to welcome Meg Rosan and Heather Collier as the incoming Co-Chairs of our Committee.  Meg began her career as law clerk to Judge Greenberg and now is a Principal at Bulman Dunie Burke & Feld in Bethesda.  Heather is a Partner at Dragga Hannon Hessler & Wills in Rockville and is a familiar face to nearly all of us in the Bar Association.  And, of course, we’d like to again welcome Judge Greenberg as incoming Administrative Judge and wish him the very best of luck as he takes over Courtroom 3E! 

… and Farewell

We’d like to wish “Happy Trails” to Judge Debelius as he resigns after eight years as Administrative Judge of our Circuit Court and sixteen total years as a judge of the Circuit Court.  Simply put, his contributions to the Montgomery County judiciary have been profound. 

Finally, farewell from the three of us!  It has been our pleasure serving as Co-Chairs of the Committee.  We are so grateful to the contributions of the members of the Bar and the many stakeholders in our Montgomery County justice system who gave of their time and efforts to contribute to our Committee.  We have tremendous confidence knowing that the future of our Circuit Court administration and the Circuit Court Bench-Bar Committee is in excellent hands.

Stay tuned for the September newsletter, which will identify the dates and meeting locations for the 2017-2018 term of our Committee.

If you have any concerns or issues to bring to the Committee’s attention, please feel free to contact either of the Co-Chairs for the 2017-2018 term: Heather Collier at (301) 340-9090 or hcollier@draggalaw.com or Meg Rosan at (301) 656-1177 or mrosan@bulmandunie.com

Co-Chairs

Heather C. Collier
Megan N. Rosan

 

Committee Meetings


None Currently Scheduled

     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.