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Circuit Court Bench Bar Committee 

    Sheriff Popkin and Administrative Judge Debelius would like to announce the new South Tower of the Circuit Court is expected to open on or about March 31, 2014, and upon opening the Old Grey Courthouse located at 27 Courthouse Square will close immediately. Unfortunately, the Monroe Street entrance to the Courthouse is expected to remain closed for the near future due to construction delays and the only main entrance to the courthouse will remain the Maryland Avenue 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 Avenue entrance, especially during the morning peak hours. 
     Attorneys are advised to please arrive early and use their bar cards and to advise clients to arrive very early for court appearances to navigate the entrance and to get around to the new court buildings. 
     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.  
     Circuit Court’s Charity Committee:  The court’s charity committee (Greens for Jeans) continues to contribute to many of Montgomery County’s non-profit 501(c)(3) charities.  “Green for Jeans” allows an employee to wear jeans on Friday when a $1.00 is donated to that week’s charity. Each month a local charity is chosen to receive funds collected for that month.  Some of the charities for 2013 were: Carroll House Men’s Shelter, Critters for the Cure, The Holiday Giving Project/Interfaith Works and the Register of Wills’ Back Pack fundraiser.  A total of $5,460.00 was donated to the various charities for 2013 by the employees of the Montgomery County Circuit Court.
     Interpreters:  As soon as it is known that an Interpreter is not required, please immediately notify the Clerk’s Office.  Your help is needed to reduce the expense of the cancellation fees.
     The Clerk would like to know of any concerns, questions or suggestions you might have regarding her departments and/or procedures. Phone: 240-777-9464; email:
     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; or Michael A. Taylor at (301) 251-2772,


David C. Merkin
Michael A. Taylor


Committee Meetings

April 2, 2014
May 7, 2014
June 4, 2014

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

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