Circuit Court Bench Bar Committee
The Clerk of the Court, Loretta Knight, brings the following matters to your attention:
Rule 1-322.1: Exclusion of Personal Identifier Information in Court Filings. By a Rules Order filed on May 1, 2013, the Court of Appeals adopted new Rule 1-322.1, effective July 1, 2013, to require the exclusion of certain personal identifier information from court filings. Subsequently, by a Rules Order filed on July 2, 2013, the Court of Appeals amended Rule 1-322.1 on an emergency basis (effective July 9, 2013), and also adopted a new companion rule, Rule 1-322.2 (with a deferred effective date of July 1, 2014). The amended Rule 1-322.1 differs from the original in several important ways. First the amended Rule now applies only to “pleadings and other papers filed in an action” – in other words, litigation records – and not to “administrative records, business license records or notice records” as defined in the Rules. Second, the amended Rule clarifies that it does not apply to filings by “a judge or judicial appointee.” Third, the amended Rule no longer classifies birthdates as personal identifier information requiring exclusion from filings. Fourth, the amended Rule now allows only two exceptions, for: financial account identifiers specifying the property allegedly subject to forfeiture in forfeiture actions, and the record of an administrative agency proceeding. The companion rule, Rule 1-322.2, when it takes effect on July 1, 2014, will require filers to include, in each covered filing, a certificate confirming their compliance with Rule 1-322.1.
Rule 1-311, Requirements of Signing Attorney: Pursuant to Rule, every pleading and paper of a party represented by an attorney must be signed by at least one attorney who has been admitted to practice law in the State of Maryland and who complies with Rule 1-312. The Clerk’s Office is still getting papers signed by a paralegal instead of the attorney. Please remember that papers (including the signature on the Certificate of Service) filed with the court must be in compliance with Rule 1-311.
Dismissal Fee: When a voluntary dismissal is filed, the dismissal fee of $15.00 is to be paid in addition to any outstanding court costs.
The Clerk reminds everyone if you have any concerns or suggestions, please let her know. Phone: 240-777-9464; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sheriff, Darren Popkin, would like to remind everyone that the Monroe Street entrance to the Circuit Court will remain closed for approximately three months. Signage will be posted directing everyone to the Maryland Ave. entrance. Lawyers are encouraged to use the Terrace Level entrance from the cafeteria and/or from 101 Monroe Street as there will be significant backup expected at the Maryland Ave. entrance, especially during the morning peak hours. Everyone is encouraged to ask their clients and staff to allow for extra time to gain entrance due to the closure.
If you have any concerns to bring to the Committee’s attention, please feel free to contact any Committee member or David C. Merkin at (301) 762-
9200 or email@example.com; or Michael A. Taylor at (301) 251-2772, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Meetings will be held on the 1st Wednesday of every month at 8AM on the 3rd floor of the Circuit Court in the Administrative Judge's Conference Room, unless otherwise noted