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The Circuit Court for Baltimore County is the trial court of general jurisdiction. The court has full common law and equity powers in all civil, juvenile and criminal cases, along with additional powers and jurisdiction conferred by the Constitution and Maryland State law. It is the only court in the county having the authority to conduct jury trials. The court hears major civil cases, serious criminal matters including death penalty cases, juvenile and family law cases

The court is sometimes referred to as the "New Courthouse" is staffed by sixteen (16) full-time judges who are experienced attorneys, appointed by the Governor and who serve for a term of fifteen (15) years after a competitive election. The court is assisted by four (4) full-time and two (2) part-time masters. Masters hear juvenile and family law matters, such as, establishment of temporary child or spousal support and hearing contempt cases involving nonpayment of child support . Four (4) former retired judges (Settlement Court) are also utilized on a part-time basis to help the court resolve other matters on a pre-trial basis pertaining to contested divorces, personal injuries, malpractice, workers compensation claims, automobile torts and a variety of other actions. Totally, the court employs 99 employees to provide a wide range of duties and services both to the court and the citizens of Baltimore County.

County Courts Building,
401 Bosley Avenue,
Towson, Maryland - 21204.

Phone numbers of Circuit court judges and court office:

name and designation Phone number
Hon. John G. Turnbull, II, County Administrative Judge* (410) 887-2647
Suzanne Mensh, Clerk of Court (410) 887-2601
Sonia Reynolds, Manager, Non-Judicial/Fiscal (410) 887-2697
Carol Hurlock, Manager, Civil/Family Law (410) 887-26221
General Information Phone Number (410) 887-2601
Civil Department: Pamela Hall, Susan Willem (410) 887-2621
Juvenile Department: Richard D. Arnold, Jr (410) 887-3836
Records Department: John Almond (410) 887-3494
License Department: Mary Booker (410) 887-2607


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