Baltimore City Circuit Judge Audrey J.S. Carrion will become chief administrator of the trial court on Jan. 12, 2020, the Maryland judiciary announced Wednesday.
Carrion will succeed Judge W. Michel Pierson, who has served as the circuit’s administrative judge since December 2013. Pierson will retire from the bench in January.
Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera, who appointed Pierson and Carrion to the administrative post, praised both jurists.
“Judge Pierson has been a committed and exceptional leader of the Circuit Court of Baltimore City,” Barbera said in a statement accompanying the announcement.
“He has provided exemplary service to the Judiciary, the residents of Baltimore, and the people of Maryland,” Barbera added. “Judge Carrion is eminently qualified to lead the court to meet the mandate of equal justice under law. She brings a wealth of experience as a jurist and a capable, dynamic manager.”
As administrative judge, Carrion will be responsible for the Baltimore court’s budget and procurement and will manage trial calendars “to ensure the expeditious resolution of cases,” the judiciary said in the announcement.
Carrion said in a statement that she is “honored to have Chief Judge Barbera’s trust and support in this new chapter of service.”
Carrion added that “it has been a privilege to work with Judge Pierson, and I intend to build upon his wonderful example of thoughtful leadership. I look forward to this opportunity to serve my community and the courts in a new role.”
Pierson, in an accompanying statement, praised his successor.
“I have had the honor of working with Judge Carrion since I came to the bench and know her as an astute judge and dynamic leader,” Pierson said. “I am grateful to have been of service to Baltimore and the people of Maryland as a judge and leader of the Eighth Judicial Circuit. It is reassuring to leave the management of the court in such capable hands.”