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Circuit Court Bench Bar Committee 

The Circuit Court Bench-Bar Committee met on Wednesday, October 4th, at 8:00 a.m., in Room 3240 of the Circuit Court. The Committee will continue to meet at 8:00 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month.

The Circuit Court Bench-Bar Committee met on Wednesday, November 1st, at 8:00 a.m., in Room 3240 of the Circuit Court. The Committee will continue to meet at 8:00 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month.

Courthouse Renovations

Rockville City continues renovations outside of the Maryland Avenue entrance to the Circuit Court. Vehicles may not access the underground parking deck from the Maryland Avenue side during construction. Pedestrians may still access the Maryland Avenue entrance. However, litigants and attorneys are encouraged to use the Monroe Street or Terrace Level entrances while construction is ongoing. The scheduled completion date for construction is February 16, 2018.

As a result of the construction, the Sheriff’s Deputies are spending considerable time making alternative arrangements for inmates to be transported to and from Court appearances in a timely fashion during the construction. There may be some limited delays for attorneys who want to meet with their clients in lock-up before scheduled appearances.

Inside the Courthouse, remodeling continues in the land records department, indexing and recording areas. The law library renovations should be completed by the end of February or beginning of March. Conference rooms are available in other areas of the Court, which may be reserved through the law library. Conference rooms on the 4th and 5th floors of the South Tower are generally “first come, first served” except that during the law library construction, these rooms may be reserved by attorneys.

E-Filing

MDEC (Maryland Electronic Courts, or “e-filing”) implementation has been pushed back for Montgomery County until Veterans Day weekend in November, 2019. Implementation had previously been scheduled to commence in June, 2019. MDEC is already mandatory in Allegany, Anne Arundel, Calvert, Caroline, Cecil, Charles, Dorchester, Frederick, Garrett, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, St. Mary’s, Talbot, Washington, Wicomico and Worcester Counties.

Courthouse Staffing Changes

Matt Bonner has been promoted to lead the Technical Services department. Interviews are ongoing for the position of Jury Commissioner.

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


December 6, 207
January 3, 2018
February 7, 2018
March 7, 2018
April 4, 2018
May 2, 2018
June 6, 2018

     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.