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Circuit Court Bench Bar Committee 

The Circuit Court Bench Bar Committee met on Wednesday, June 6th, at 8:00 a.m., in Room 3240 of the Circuit Court. The Committee meets at 8:00 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month.

As a reminder, all attorneys in good standing are welcome and encouraged to attend the Bench Bar Committee meetings. Attendance is not limited to Committee members.

Courthouse Security Screening – Attorneys No Longer Exempt
After conducting a three-month review of the Circuit Court’s security screening systems, the Courthouse Security Committee issued recommendations to Judge Greenberg, which included but were not limited to expanded screening at public entrances. Judge Greenberg has accepted the CSC’s recommendations and as a result, effective Monday, June 4, 2018, among other changes, attorneys will no longer be exempt from security screening by showing courthouse identification cards or bar cards. All attorneys will be required to pass through the metal detectors upon entering the courthouse.

Attorneys are encouraged to allow extra time when entering the courthouse. There will be a priority screening line for attorneys (with a bar card) from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the Monroe Street entrance.

Developments in the Law
Attorneys are encouraged to familiarize themselves with all of the new laws resulting from the last legislative session in Annapolis. Of particular note, Governor Hogan signed into law HB 1302, which provides a new avenue for law enforcement to seize weapons from individuals determined to pose an extreme risk to themselves or others, pursuant to the Public Safety Article. Also, HB 1646 will require the State’s Attorney to serve notice on individuals charged with certain crimes of domestic violence regarding the implications on their rights to possess firearms in the event of a guilty plea or conviction. Both of these laws are effective October 1, 2018.

Construction
Lengthy construction has begun in the COB garage at the corner of Monroe and Jefferson. The repairs are scheduled to be conducted in phases over approximately 20 months, during which portions of the garage will be closed. This will impact parking available for jurors, visitors and County staff, and may cause congestion in other local parking areas.

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


September 5, 2018
October 3, 2018
November 7, 2018
December 5, 2018
January 2, 2019
February 6, 2019
March 6, 2019
April 3, 2019
May 1, 2019

June 5, 2019

 

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.