|Location:||Montgomery County Circuit Court
North Tower 3rd floor, Rm 3200
|Hours of Operation:||8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.|
The Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court is a public institution rich in tradition and history of the State of Maryland. Established by the Maryland Constitution (Article 4, Part III, §25), the Clerk of Court is one of the oldest public offices in our state and dates back as far as 1658 to the first Maryland settlement in St. Mary's County.
The Clerk's Office was established as an independent keeper of the records to maintain their integrity in a safe and impartial manner. Ensuring the integrity of the court record ultimately ensures that the people are being served in a fair and just manner.
Maryland Code 2-201 delineates the general duties of the Clerk of a Maryland court as follows:
- Have custody of the books, records, and papers of the office.
- Make proper legible entries of all proceedings of the court and keep them in well-bound books or other permanent form.
- When requested in writing to do so, record any paper filed with his/her office and required by law to be recorded in the appropriate place, whether or not the title to land is involved.
- Unless prohibited by law or order of the court, provide copies of records or papers in his/her custody to a person requesting a copy, under the seal of the court if required.
- Issue all writs which may legally be issued from the court.
- Deliver a full statement of the costs of a suit to a party requesting a copy.
- Receive all books, documents, public letters, and packages sent to him/her pursuant to law, and carefully dispose of them as the law requires.
- Administer an oath.
- Replace worn books and records with new ones.
- In conjunction with the Motor Vehicle Administrator, establish uniform procedures for reporting both traffic cases and criminal cases involving a motor vehicle in the Circuit Court to the Motor Vehicle Administration.
- Perform any other duty required by law or rule.
In order to execute the tasks described above, the Clerk of the Court is assisted by approximately 190 state-employed staff working in eight key functional areas of the court including: Criminal, Civil, Family and Juvenile Departments, Land Records Division, License Department, Finance Department, and the Courtroom Clerks Office with a 9.5 million annual budget (FY2008). The Office of the Clerk of the Court collected over $50 million from the recording of land records, criminal bonds and fines, license fees, and filing fees in civil and other departments. Furthermore, the Clerk of the Circuit Court administers the Oath of Office to elected officials, judges, county police officers, sheriff officers, special police officers, assistant and deputy state's attorneys, fire department members, and gubernatorial appointees.
While the functions of the Clerk of the Court are multifaceted, the main function is to serve the public and the residents of Montgomery County, in particular. Some of the key services provided by the Office of the Clerk of the Court include:
- Performing marriage ceremonies (approximately 3,400, a year).
- Administering over 600 statutory obligations established by Maryland law.
- Addressing questions or concerns raised by court patrons regarding a variety of issues related to their cases.
If there are issues of concern, please contact the Clerk's Office by calling (240)777-9466. Suggestions and comments regarding ways to improve the Court’s service to Montgomery County residents are highly appreciated.
Below is a biographical sketch of Barbara H. Meiklejohn, the current Clerk of the Court, Montgomery County Circuit Court, Maryland.
Barbara Meiklejohn was elected as the Clerk of Montgomery County Circuit Court in 2014. She took office on December 1, 2014 and brought with her over 39 years of experience with the judiciary. Ms. Meiklejohn started her career with the District Court in the civil office in December of 1975. In May of 1986, she was promoted to supervisor of the Traffic/Criminal Office. She then transferred to the position of supervisor of the Support Services Division in January of 1994. In 1997, Ms. Meiklejohn was promoted to Manager of the Juvenile Department. In 2002, the jurisdiction of the Juvenile Department transferred from the District Court to the Circuit Court and Ms. Meiklejohn was instrumental in its smooth and efficient transition. Ms. Meiklejohn has held the position of Deputy Clerk for the Circuit Court since 2005. Ms. Meiklejohn has served on a variety of committees in her 39 years of service. She has served on the Maryland Automated Judicial Information for Children committee, the Statistic Oversight Sub-Committee for the Foster Care Improvement Project, served on the Ad-Hoc committee for the transfer of juvenile jurisdiction from the District to the Circuit Court, the Vetting, Forms, and Gap Analysis committees for Maryland Electronic Courts, and the Children’s Action Team. She is currently part of the Expungement committee for the Administrative Office of the Courts, and a member of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Court Management and Co-Chair of the conference committee. As part of the Leadership Team for Montgomery County Circuit Court, Ms. Meiklejohn is working closely with Administrative Judge John W. Debelius III and Court Administrator, Judy K. Rupp to create a collaborative working environment in the court; ensuring that all functions of the Court work cohesively and productively to serve the needs of the county residents and citizens of Maryland.
50 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, Maryland 20850
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM