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TheCircuit Court

The Circuit Court for Baltimore County is the trial court of general jurisdiction. The Office of the Jury Commissioner is responsible for providing qualified jurors to the Circuit Court.

   

Current Status

October 6, 2022

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Circuit Court

The Circuit Court for Baltimore County is open.

 

COVID-19 Status Updates

Maryland Courts have resumed normal operations, however the changes implemented in phase five will continue:

  • Mask wearing is optional and will not be required for anyone entering the courthouse.
  • Appointments will still be required in the Licensing Department for civil marriage ceremonies.
  • Schedule a virtual appointment with the Self-Help Office, which will remain closed for in-person meetings until the Law Library reopens to the public.

Learn more by selecting a specific case type below, or view the resumption of normal operations restart plan, the bar update on criminal processes or the response protocol for confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis.

The Circuit Court is the designated court to hear:

  • All jury trials, criminal or civil
  • All matters pertaining to divorce, custody, child support and visitation
  • Criminal cases—Including felonies, District Court of Maryland appeals and certain administrative agencies (known as Judicial Review of agency decisions) and jury trial requests
  • Major civil cases over $30,000 in controversy
  • Major felony cases, including death penalty cases
  • Juvenile and family law cases
  • Both the Circuit and District Court have mutual jurisdiction over civil matters where the amount in dispute is between $10,000 and $20,000, and all domestic violence petitions

The Maryland Constitution and State law are the sources of the Circuit Court’s authority, powers and jurisdiction. 

Policies

The Circuit Court is closed on Court holidays.

  • Accessibility—There is handicapped metered parking on both Pennsylvania and Baltimore Avenues. Handicapped persons should enter by the ramp on the Pennsylvania Avenue side of the building.
  • Cell Phone and Tablets—Cell phones, tablets and similar electronic devices are permitted in the Courthouse, provided that the device clears security. Possession and use of cell phones and other electronic devices may be limited or prohibited in designated areas of the Court facility.
  • Criminal Case Postponement—The policy concerning postponement requests in criminal cases assists in rescheduling criminal matters.
  • Drop Box for Filings—A drop box is available at the entrance to the Circuit Court to accept any paper filing (during business hours) that is not required to be made electronically through MDEC.
  • Security—The Circuit Court for Baltimore County requires all employees, visitors, litigants, witnesses and attorneys to pass through a security checkpoint at the main entrance. Uniformed police officers on official duty, have a separate protocol.

Provide Your Feedback

  • Customer Service Survey—Please take five minutes to tell us about your recent experience at a Maryland court.
  • Suggestions—If you have suggestions regarding any improvements to our court or physical facilities, send them via mail to our Court Administrator, Timothy H. Sheridan, or via email to baltcocc@mdcourts.gov.

Become a Notary Public

The fee is $11 for the Secretary of State and $11 for the Clerk of the Court.

  1. The address of residence determines which County will issue the commission.
  2. An application must be made through the Secretary of State. Call 410-974-5521 to request applications.
  3. Upon notification from the Secretary of State, you will be directed to the Circuit Court to be sworn in.

For Appointed Guardians

For those that have been appointed a guardian, use the below list of forms to assist you in submitting periodic reports to the Trust Department:

Contact Us

Search the table below to find contact information related to a specific division or case type. Please note that no office of the Court, can provide you with legal advice.

 
Division/Case TypeContact Information
Administrative Hearings410-229-4100

Adoptions

410-887-3069

Assignment

410-887-2660
Bar Association410-337-9100
Birth/Death CertificatesSearch State records
Case Status
Child Support
Civil410-887-2622

Clerk's Office

  • Case information
  • Filing questions

County Courts Building, Second Floor
Phone: 410-887-2601
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Mailing Address: Clerk's Office
P.O. Box 6754
Towson, Maryland 21285

Court Psychiatrist

410-887-6555
Courtroom Clerks410-887-3414
Criminal410-887-2625

Differentiated Case Management (DCM)

  • Schedule or postpone a hearing/conference
  • Questions regarding cases already scheduled for a hearing/conference

District Courts—Responsible for

  • Traffic matters
  • Civil matters under $10,000 (including small claims disputes)
  • Criminal misdemeanor cases
Expungements
Family Law
Foreclosures410-887-2652
Guardianship410-887-3469
Jury Office410-887-3596
Juvenile, Delinquency/CINA410-887-3836
Law Library410-887-3086
Lawyer Referral410-337-9100
Legal Aid Bureau410-296-6705
Legal Liens410-887-3088
Licenses (Business, Marriage, Notary Publics/Oaths)410-887-2608

Orphans Court

410-887-6516
Plea Hearing Scheduling

Contact: Brittany Jackson, Criminal Case Manager
Phone: 410-887-2853
Email: brittany.jackson@mdcourts.gov

Public Defender Office410-324-8900
Records
Reduced Fee Program

410-337-9100

Register of Wills410-887-6680

Settlement Judges

Small Claims

  • Traffic tickets
  • Landlord/tenant matters
410-512-2000

State's Attorney Office

TrustsTrust Department
Circuit Court for Baltimore County
401 Bosley Avenue
P.O. Box 6754
Towson, Maryland 21204
Phone: 410-887-3469

Additional Resources

Contact Us

Circuit Court

Baltimore County Courts Building
401 Bosley Avenue
Towson, Maryland 21204

Hours

Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Phone

Chief Administrative Judge

  
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