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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Matters of Interest in Criminal and Traffic Cases
State’s Attorney’s Office
Kathy Knight, Esquire, remains the Chief of the District Court division of that office, and she announced that Keith Jacobson, a senior Assistant State’s Attorney, and Kathy’s deputy, was retiring as of March 11, 2019.
Karen Mooney will be the new Deputy Chief in the District Court division.
Expanded Use of District Court Commissioner for court hearings
As of January 7, 2019, Commissioners began presiding over preliminary inquiries in criminal cases of Mondays and Tuesdays. These hearings will be conducted in Rockville only, in Courtroom 611, and will start at 8:30 a.m.
Additional Serious Traffic Dockets
Also starting as of January 7, 2019, the Rockville District Court is scheduling additional serious traffic case trials in Courtroom 612 on Mondays and Tuesdays. These dockets will be designed to be shorter than traffic cases in 413 and 414, because the trial judges set in 612 will not be available after noon. Case Search is likely to report that the courtroom number is “06.”
Judge Sarsfield has retired but this vacancy has not been advertised nor likely to be filled very soon. No allowance has been made by the Administrative Office of the Courts and Montgomery County will not get more “V.J.’s as a result. At this time, the District Court may be required to close some courtrooms without much prior notice if sickness or vacations leave us short.
We learned that the Baltimore County courts went “live" in February and that training for court personnel in Montgomery County will begin this summer. Once MDEC is live in Montgomery county on November 12, 2019, there will be a 30-day grace period where lawyers may be able to file written pleadings in the normal fashion, but electronic filing will then be the only way lawyers can file documents for the courts.
Only a limited number of current files will be “back scanned." However, when there are new pleadings to be filed on old cases, for example, reconsideration of sentence or modification of custody, would then require a back scanning the entire file of the same case. Still unknown is whether lawyers will be able to access documents online in files other than those in which they are involved. In some counties where MDEC is already live, terminals in the courthouses allow review of other files. Stay tuned.
After Hours Filing in Rockville and Silver Spring
For lawyers who want to file after 4:30 p.m. on a given day, Commissioners in Rockville are always available and the Commissioner in Silver Spring will usually be available until midnight. All documents filed with the Commissioner before midnight will be stamped as if filed by 4:30 p.m.
Reminder: There is a new District Court form for requesting foreign language interpreters, and the Court prefers that attorneys use this form and file them well in advance. Using the form permits the court to keep accounting and statistical information. See
This form is can also be used in Circuit Court cases and for all kinds of civil and criminal cases.