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Circuit Court Bench Bar Committee 

The Circuit Court Bench-Bar Committee re-convened for the first meeting of the 2017-2018 term on Wednesday, September 6th, 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 following topics were discussed:

Welcome
Judge Robert A. Greenberg has settled into the post of Administrative Judge, and has relocated to Courtroom 3E.

Appointments
We congratulate Bibi Berry, Esq., who will assume her new position as Family Law Magistrate effective October 11, 2017. Applications are currently being accepted for two judicial vacancies due to retirements.

Justice Reinvestment Act
Effective October 1, 2017, the Justice Reinvestment Act signed into law by Governor Hogan last year will begin impacting criminal cases in Montgomery County. The legislative goal of the Act was to reduce the number of incarcerated individuals in Maryland, and re-route the funds that would otherwise have been spent on their incarceration to more rehabilitative-minded programs among other things. Some of the practical impacts will include the reduction of criminal penalties, the reduction of sanctions for violations of probation, and earlier parole consideration in certain cases. We await the full impact these legislative changes may have on the handling of criminal cases in the County.

Courthouse Renovations
Rockville City continues renovations outside of the Maryland Avenue entrance to the Circuit Court. Litigants and attorneys are encouraged to use the Monroe Street or Terrace Level entrances over the next several months while construction is ongoing.

The ramp that connects the North and South towers on the second floor of the Circuit Court has been under construction, but was scheduled to re-open approximately mid-September.

Law Library renovations are expected to continue through November. Conference rooms are being made available on the second floor and may still be reserved through the Law Library.

Circuit Court Website
After 9 months of design, development and launch, the new and improved Circuit Court website went live just after Labor Day. Attorneys are encouraged to visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/cct/ for answers to frequently asked questions. The daily dockets are listed by last name each day on the “Court Schedule” link.

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


October 4, 2017
November 1, 2017
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.