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Random Entry Screening Procedure

The District Court of Maryland for Montgomery County will institute in the month Of April, 2016 a Random Entry Screening Procedure for all persons who enter the District Court for Montgomery County for the Rockville (191 E. Jefferson Street) and Silver Spring (8552 Second Avenue) locations.

Random Entry Screening Procedure

District Court Bench Bar Committee

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CRIMINAL:

Administrative Regulations: The Court distributed copies of the revised District Court Administrative Regulations, which are available on the District Court’s website.  Two regulations impacting criminal cases were discussed.  The regulation (XI) regarding postponements requires the filing party to provide 3 proposed date.  Regulation XV allows judges to recall bench warrants and warrants for failing to appear.  It requires all other charging documents to be deposed of at trial, nolle prosed by the State’s Attorney (per Rule 4-247) or disposed of by the Chief Judge (per Courts 1-605(d)(7)).  Per this regulation, judges cannot recall unserved arrest warrants or convert them to summons. 

VOPs and Reconsideration Hearings: The Court revised the scheduling of VOPs and Reconsideration for retired judges.  The Court will distribute the hearing to several judges rather than transfer all of one retired judge’s VOP or Reconsideration to one judge.  This will permit quicker scheduling of hearings.

Criminal/Traffic Office Procedures: The Court is in the process of reviewing practices and procedures, many of which have been in place for years, to determine whether they comply with the Rules.  If you believe there are practices that are problematic or inconsistent with proper procedure, please communicate your concerns to Camille Blake, the supervisor for the Criminal/Traffic Division, Markisha Gross, the Clerk of the Court, or Judge Patricia Mitchell, the Chief Administrative Judge.

Expungement Clinic: Legal Aid, the Office of the Public Defender and the State’s Attorney’s Office are jointly sponsoring their second Expungement Clinic on November 13, 2019 in the Rockville District Court from 12:30 to 3:30 pm.  

CIVIL:

Civil Affidavit Judgment Reviews: The Court is soliciting issues that attorneys have with denials of Affidavit Judgments.  Any concerns or experiences that you would like reviewed should be addressed to Judge Moffett with a note or sample explaining the issue.

OTHER: 

MDEC: The implementation of MDEC in Montgomery County has been delayed again.  The schedule is not for November 2020.

New Judge Appointed to the District Court Bench: Governor Hogan has appointed Victor Manuel Del Pino to fill the position created by Judge Sarsfield’s retirement.  Victor Del Pino has been a partner with the firm of McGann, Del Pino, and Hughes, PPC since 2010, concentrating in criminal law and immigration law.  Prior to this position, he served for more than five years as a prosecutor in Montgomery County.  During that time, he spent 18 months as the Chief of the Gang Prosecution Unit.  He received his B.A. from Virginia Wesleyan University and his J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law.

CO-CHAIRS

Mary Katherine Knight
Richard D. London

MEETING DATES

November 27, 2019
December 18, 2019
January 29, 2020
February 26, 2020
March 25, 2020
April 29, 2020
May 27, 2020

Committee Meetings will be held on the last Wednesday of the month at 8AM in the 5th Floor Judges Conference Room in the District Court building, 191 East Jefferson St., Rockville, MD, unless otherwise noted.

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     Montgomery County, MD

27 West Jefferson St.
Rockville, MD 20850
Ph: 301-424-3454
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