Random Entry Screening Procedure
The District Court of Maryland for Montgomery County will institute in the month of April, 2016 a Random Entry Screening Procedure for all persons who enter the District Court for Montgomery County for the Rockville (191 E. Jefferson Street) and Silver Spring (8552 Second Avenue) locations.
Random Entry Screening Procedure
District Court Bench Bar Committee
The District Court Bench Bar Committee meets on the first Thursday of each month unless special dates are required. The membership includes Kathy Knight, District Court Supervisor, SAO, John Lavigne, OPD Supervisor, a representative of the County Attorney, the Co-Chairs of the Committee and private attorneys who have registered as members.
Mental Health Court
The plans for implementing the Mental Health Court for the District Court in Montgomery County are coming together. Mental Health Court is scheduled to begin December 15, 2016, at the Rockville every Thursday in Courtroom 412 . Judge Patricia Mitchell will be the primary presiding judge. Assistant State’s Attorneys Kathy Knight and Katherine Getty will assist.
The Court is still hopeful that the new judges will be appointed to the current vacancies by the end of the year.
The court would like defense counsel to know the status of their case, and advise the Court of the status, when the case is called during the initial docket call. Counsel should consult with the assistant State’s Attorney in advance.
Confessed Judgments: Counsel are filing Confessed Judgment cases for HOA and Condominium obligations. The Court will not enter judgments on these, as they are considered to be consumer obligations.
Attorneys Fees: Attorneys requesting attorney’s fees in HOA and Condominium cases must provide the specific governing documents that support the request..
DISTRICT COURT PRACTICE POINTERS
• Dismissal Upon Stipulated Terms:
It was traditional in civil matters, that if the parties reached a settlement by the court date but were not able to either complete the settlement or finalize the settlement agreement, attorneys would ask for the case to be “passed for settlement”. It has been a long time since this procedure has been followed. Due to case management and docket control issues, cases can not be left open.
To address the concern about reaching a settlement under circumstances where the Defendant wants to settle, but does not want a judgment entered, and the Plaintiff wants to have the ability to enforce the claim if there is a default under the settlement, Rule 3-506(b) was created to permit the parties to enter into a settlement agreement without entering a judgment against the Defendant, but still protecting the Plaintiff in the event that the settlement is not complied with.
Rule 3-506. Voluntary dismissal
(b) Dismissal upon stipulated terms. If an action is settled upon written stipulated terms and dismissed, the action may be reopened at any time upon request of any party to the settlement to enforce the stipulated terms through the entry of judgment or other appropriate relief.
• Note the following in connection with 3-506(b) dismissal:
1. There is no comparable rule in Circuit Court, this rule is only applicable to District Court.
2. The rule requires that the settlement stipulation be on written stipulated terms. The parties should create a memorandum of the agreement rather than requesting it to be dismissed without any written agreement that is signed by the parties.
3. The action may be reopened at any time upon the request of any parties to the settlement to enforce the stipulated terms through the entry of judgment or other appropriate relief.
4. Even though the case is entered as dismissed on the docket pursuant to the stipulated terms, the court requests that once a settlement is performed, the other party file a pleading to that effect, so that the record will reflect that the settlement has been satisfied.
5. A suggested form for a dismissal under this rule can be found at:
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Committee Meetings will be held on the 1st Thursday of the month (September - May) at 8AM in the Judges Conference Room in the District Court building, 191 East Jefferson St., Rockville, MD, unless otherwise noted.