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Circuit Court Bench Bar Committee 

       The next Committee meeting will be held on February 1, 2017.

Bail Reform
Attorneys and judges should both be aware that this issue is receiving substantial attention both from the Maryland Court of Appeals (via potential rules changes) and the Maryland General Assembly.  It is highly likely that the landscape of the present cash bail system will change in some way within the next few months, either pursuant to rule or statute or both.  

Year-End Reports
The Court Administrator reports that a Caseflow Assessment Annual Report is available on the Circuit Court website.  This report presents information as to the court’s performance in meeting state-mandated time standards for case clearance.  The DCM Coordinator is pleased to report that only a few cases did not meet these time standards and he will be reviewing these cases.

New Criminal Clerk’s Office
The Clerk of the Court is pleased to report that the criminal clerks will relocate into newly-renovated offices.  These offices are located where the Appeals Counter was formerly located, on the Lobby Level of the Courthouse just past the elevators.

New Website
2017 will bring a revamp of the Montgomery County Circuit Court website to make it more mobile-device-friendly and to update content.  If you have any feedback or suggestions about the new website, please participate in the survey located on the present website.

If you have any concerns to bring to the Committee’s attention, please feel free to contact any Committee member or Co-Chairs David C. Merkin at (301) 762-9200 or; Jeremy Rachlin at (301) 913-2948 or or Michael A. Taylor at (301) 251-2772,


David C. Merkin
Jeremy Rachlin
Michael A. Taylor


Committee Meetings

February 1, 2017
March 1, 2017
April 5, 2017
May 3, 2017
June 7, 2017

     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.