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Maryland District Court

Jul 2, 2021

Judiciary must surrender key to judges names in Case Search, appeals court says

The Maryland Administrative Office of the Courts must disclose the alphanumeric key used to identify District Court judges in the public Judiciary Case Search database, a state appeals court ruled.

Jun 18, 2021

Maryland high court grants homeless mother new trial in truancy case

A Washington County mother who moved frequently with her child from a homeless shelter to motels will get a new trial on a charge that she failed to send the youngster to school.

May 6, 2021

Morrissey bans ‘blue line’ imagery on district court judges, staff apparel

Maryland District Court Chief Judge John P. Morrissey has told his fellow jurists and court staff not to wear any apparel that displays the “blue line” of support for law enforcement while they are on duty or on court property, saying such displays undermine the judiciary’s compelling need to avoid even the appearance of favoritism […]

Nov 10, 2020

Hammond appointed to district court in Anne Arundel County

Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday appointed Assistant Anne Arundel County Attorney Kemp Walden Hammond to the district court in the county. Hammond, who has served in the county attorney’s office since 2015, will be the first judge to serve on a district court seat the General Assembly created in 2019. “The appointment of qualified individuals […]

The judge's bench in a courtroom in Carroll County Circuit Court. (File photo)
Jun 6, 2018

Hogan appoints 5 judges to Baltimore-area benches

Gov. Larry Hogan on Wednesday appointed a district court judge and a veteran appellate attorney to the Baltimore City Circuit Court, as well as a Baltimore prosecutor and corporate attorney to district court judgeships in the city.

Oct 9, 2015

Baltimore City District Court launches veterans treatment docket

The District Court of Maryland in Baltimore City plans to launch a veterans treatment docket on Tuesday, following in the footsteps of Prince George’s County Circuit Court and becoming the first district court in the state to offer a docket focused on the needs of those who served in the military. Like drug and mental […]

Sep 27, 2015

For district court chief judge Morrissey, never a dull moment

The vacancy on Maryland’s top court appeared to be ideal for John P. Morrissey, chief judge of the Maryland District Court.

May 22, 2014

Morrissey unveils appointed attorneys plan

The incoming chief judge of Maryland District Court on Thursday renewed his call for the state’s lawyers to represent indigent arrestees at initial bail hearings either for free or at a compensation rate of $50 per hour — even though the state’s top court has yet to give final approval to rules implementing the representation program.

Feb 24, 2014

Clyburn to retire from District Court in May

Chief Judge Ben C. Clyburn said Monday that he will retire from the Maryland District Court on May 31, giving Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera the chance to name a new leader of the court for bench trials of misdemeanor crimes and lawsuits seeking less than $30,000.

Jan 22, 2014

Senate panel questions dual track for bail

State senators on Wednesday sharply attacked part of the Maryland Judiciary’s proposal to streamline the process by which bail is set in Maryland District Court.

Oct 14, 2013

Private bar may share bail work

Maryland District Court administrative judges would appoint private attorneys to represent defendants at initial bail hearings whenever the public defender’s office cannot provide the representation due to inadequate funding or staffing, under a proposal headed to the state’s top court.

Jul 21, 2013

Suit seeks enforcement of bail forfeiture law

The Maryland District Court’s past failure to collect on forfeited bail bonds cost the state’s taxpayers at least a million dollars and placed underwriters who “play by the rules” at a competitive disadvantage, a Cockeysville-based surety alleges.

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