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Circuit Court Bench Bar Committee 

     The Clerk of the Court, Barbara Meiklejohn, brings the following matters to your attention: 
     Recently there have been increases in the amount of filings with the Court that contain mistakes with regards to parties’ names, case number and even titles of Motions.  Please remember to proofread before filing.
     Beginning January 1, 2015, there is a $2.00 fee for any copies that are mailed from the Courthouse.
     Please request an interpreter 30 days in advance.
     If an interpreter is no longer needed, please contact the clerk’s office ASAP so that we will not be charged a fee. (The Clerk’s Office needs 48 hours to avoid a cancellation fee.)
     The $25.00 Clerk’s fee for opening an interest-bearing account and putting money in the court registry is now being taken out at the opening of the account rather than the closing of the account.
     When filing an order with the court to remove funds from the court registry please include the name and current address of the recipient on the court order. The Order provided with a Request for the Release of Funds from the court registry needs to be specific.  This Order should contain the following language:

“The principal balance of funds deposited in the registry of the court, plus any accrued interest and minus administrative costs, shall be promptly released to __________________, and mailed to (if applicable)_____________________.”

     Because the interest amount is obtained by the Clerk’s Finance Office from the bank statement, do not put a dollar amount for the interest in this order.  If funds are to go to more than one party, please state how the funds, administrative costs and interest are to be divided. 
     The Clerk would like to know of any concerns, questions or suggestions you might have regarding her departments and/or procedures. Phone: 240-777-9464; email:
     As a reminder, the BAMC’s Circuit Court Bench-Bar Committee will serve as a vehicle by which an attorney member of the Bar may informally and anonymously express a comment regarding a judicial member of the Circuit Court bench.  In this regard, the Bench-Bar Committee, through its chair or other designated committee or subcommittee members, whom receive a comment about a judge through a telephone call or correspondence, then will exercise its discretion to determine whether the comment is of an appropriate nature to communicate to the subject judge, in an anonymous manner.  The BAMC is fortunate to have judges and attorneys who value informal avenues of communication that enhance the opportunity to reduce conflict between attorneys and judges, and improve both the access to, and the administration of, justice in Montgomery County.
     If you have any concerns to bring to the Committee’s attention, please feel free to contact any Committee member or Committee Co-Chairs David C. Merkin at (301) 762-9200 or; or Michael A. Taylor at (301) 251-2772,


David C. Merkin
Michael A. Taylor


Committee Meetings

March 4, 2015
April 1, 2015
May 6, 2015
June 3, 2015
     Meetings will be held at 8AM on the 1st Wednesday of the month in the Administrative Judge's Conference Room, on the 3rd floor of the North Tower of the Circuit Court building, unless otherwise noted.