Queen Anne’s County Circuit Court Judge Thomas G. Ross has begun a two-year term as chairman of the Maryland Conference of Circuit Judges. The Conference of Circuit Judges serves as a policy advisory body to the chief judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals.
The conference works collaboratively and in consultation with the chief judge in developing policies affecting the administration of the circuit courts. Its 16 members include the circuit administrative judge from each of the eight judicial circuits and one circuit judge elected from each judicial circuit.
Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge John W. Debelius III was elected vice-chair of the conference, succeeding Ross, who had served as vice chairman since 2010. Ross and Debelius were both elected at a conference meeting in November 2012, and presided at the CCJ’s first meeting of 2013 in March.
Ross succeeds Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Marcella A. Holland, who had served as chair and vice-chair. Holland, the administrative judge for the 8th Judicial Circuit (Baltimore City), will continue to serve on the conference.
Judge Ross has been circuit administrative judge for the 2nd Judicial Circuit (Caroline, Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties) since April 2009. He was appointed to the bench and named administrative judge for Queen Anne’s County in January 2004.
Before his appointment, Ross was in private practice and was a partner in the law firm of Ross and Powell from 1982-2003. After graduating from Florida State University, Ross studied at the University of Baltimore School of Law and received his law degree in 1978.
Debelius was appointed circuit administrative judge for the 6th Judicial Circuit (Frederick and Montgomery counties) and county administrative judge for Montgomery County in September 2009. He was appointed to the circuit court in July 2001. He is a designated judge for the Judiciary’s Advanced Science and Technology Adjudication Resource Center Program.
Before joining the bench, Debelius practiced law with Debelius, Clifford, Debelius, Crawford, & Bonifant from 1979-2001. He received his J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1978.