Circuit Court Bench Bar Committee
The Clerk of the Court, Barbara Meiklejohn, brings the following matters to your attention:
Effective July 1, 2015 the Circuit Court's License Department will process passport applications by appointment only; we will no longer take walk in customers. Appointments may be scheduled Monday through Friday from 8:30a.m. - 1:00 p.m. by calling 240-777-9460.
Statewide subpoenas are expected to become available on July 1, 2015.
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: email@example.com.
The Sheriff’s Department encourages the utilization of the Terrace Level Entrance to the Courthouse. This is often the fastest point of entry.
The Kid’s Spot for child supervision also offers a place for caregivers to wait with children of parties who are in court.
Limited Scope Representation in civil cases is upon us. However, attorneys are reminded that rules regarding service must be followed by the limited scope attorneys.
Training on the new courtroom technology is available from Technical Services. In the event an attorney believes a technology courtroom is required for a case, the attorney should contact Judy Rupp or Judge Debelius.
The State’s Attorney’s Office announces that electronic discovery has begun in Circuit Court cases.
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 Co-Chairs David C. Merkin at (301) 762-9200 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or Michael A. Taylor at (301) 251-2772, email@example.com.
David C. Merkin
Michael A. Taylor
September 2, 2015
October 7, 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.