General Information

How do I find the Circuit Court's Hours of Operation and Holidays?

How do I find Information about the Circuit Court's Closure Policy?

How do I find information about Directions and Parking to the Circuit Court?

How do I find the Circuit Court's Judicial Phone Directory?

Audio/Visual Equipment Rentals

How do I request audio/visual equipment for courtroom presentations?

Visit Audio Visual Equipment Rental section of the Department of Technical Services page.

Birth and Death Certificates

How do I get copies of birth/death certificates?

The Division of Vital Records of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene issues certified copies of birth, death, fetal death, and marriage certificates for events that occur in Maryland. For additional information, visit the department’s web site at: http://dhmh.maryland.gov/vsa/SitePages/Home.aspx

Civil - Filing, Proceedings, administrative appeal ...

How do I find information about what I need to consider before filing a civil suit with the Court?

Visit Things to consider before filing a Civil suit with the Court section of the Civil Department page.

How do I get information about general civil case proceedings?

Visit Basic Civil Procedures Section of the Civil Department page.

How do I view and copy cases and exhibits filed in the Court?

Visit How to View and Copy Cases and Exhibits Filed in the Court section of the Civil Department page.

How do I file an administrative appeal (a petition for judicial review of agency actions or decisions)?

Visit General Information Regarding Administrative Appeals section of the Civil Department page.

Court Administration

How do I obtain an ADA Accommodation?

File A Request for Accommodation by Persons with Disabilities Form in the court case with the Clerk’s Office. Administration will be notified to process the request. Please be specific about the accommodations that are needed.

How do I file a grievance about Court Personnel or a Judge?

Grievances regarding Court Personnel should be in writing and directed to the Court Administrator, Judy K. Rupp, at 50 Maryland Avenue, North Tower 3rd floor, Room 3040, Rockville, Maryland  20850.  Grievances regarding a Judge should be directed to the Commission on Judicial Disabilities, 100 Community Place, Crownsville, Maryland 21032 at 410-514-7044.

How do I obtain payment from the Family Law Grant?

Grievances regarding Court Personnel should be in writing and directed to the Court Administrator, Judy K. Rupp, at 50 Maryland Avenue, North Tower 3rd floor, Room 3040, Rockville, Maryland 20850. Grievances regarding a Judge should be directed to the Commission on Judicial Disabilities via mail to 100 Community Place, Crownsville, Maryland 21032, or by phone at 410-514-7044.

How do I get statistical information about Montgomery County Circuit Court?

Some of the Court’s statistical data is available at Court Reports/Statistics. Submit all statistical data requests in writing to Court Administration via mail to 50 Maryland Avenue, North Tower 3rd floor, Room 3040, Rockville, Maryland 20850, or via fax to 240-777-9104. Attached is a sample request form.

Data Information Request Form

How do I get statistical information about Maryland Judiciary?

Visit Maryland Judiciary's Statistical Report page

How do I get a copy of the Court's Annual Reports?

Visit the Court Reports/Statistics page of the Circuit Court website.

How do I find parking around the Courthouse?

Court Interpreter - Order, Appeal, Know if one is needed ...

How do I know if I need an interpreter in court?

If you think you might have Limited English Proficiency (LEP), that is, you have difficulty hearing, understanding, or communicating effectively in English in a court proceeding, you might consider requesting a court interpreter. 

How do I request an interpreter for my case?

You can request an interpreter by filling out the form CC-DC 41- Request For Spoken Language Interpreter Form () and sending the completed form to the Clerk's Office.  The form must be received 2 weeks before your court date.

How do I cancel my interpreter request?

Contact the Clerk's Office immediately either by phone at 240-777-9467 or fax a note about why the request is no longer needed to 240-777-9468..

Custody and Mediation - Find, Contact, General info ...

How do I contact my assigned mediator?

Call the Child Custody and Access Mediation Program at (240) 777-9080 and ask for your mediator, or, if you don’t remember who that is, give your case number and we will check for you.  For more information on Child Custody/Access Mediation, visit the program home page.

How do I find a mediator if I haven't been ordered to attend mediation as part of a pending custody or divorce case?

You can check an online mediator listing, such as How Can I Find a Mediator for my Dispute? or Maryland Directory of Dispute Resolution Practitioners. To request help with your dispute using trained volunteer mediators call the CRCMC (Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County) at (301) 942-7700.

How do I adjust my children's custody or access order as our circumstances change?

Parents usually discuss and work out these changes together. If help is needed and your parenting plan was mediated through the court's program within the last year, you may qualify for free follow-up mediation. Just call (240) 777-9080 with your case number.

How do I learn more about the Court's Child Custody and Access Mediation Program?

Come by the Court’s Family Division Services office, located in the South Tower 1st floor, Rm 1500 of the Circuit Court, 50 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD 20850, to pick-up free brochures, or call the mediation office at (240) 777-9080.

You can also find additional information about mediation in Maryland courts.

Criminal - Proceedings, Expunge a Record, Find origination ...

How do I get information about Basic Steps in Criminal Proceedings?

See Basic Steps in Criminal Proceedings section of the Criminal Department page.

How do I get criminal records expunged?

See Expungement of Records section of the Criminal Department page.

How do I find out if a case originates from the District Court or Circuit Court?

See Criminal Cases Handled in the Circuit Court in Maryland section of the Criminal Department page.

Domestic Violence - Protection from Violence, Find assistance program ...

How do I get information on obtaining domestic violence help?

How do I get help if the Circuit Court is closed?

District Court Commissioner. A commissioner is available 24 hours daily at the following numbers: (301) 610-7217 or (301) 610-7218. The Commissioner can issue an interim order, which is good only until your case can be heard by a judge.

How do I get information about what the Domestic Violence Assistance program does?

How do I get information on how the Circuit Court can help protect me from further violence?

Drug Court - Information about Drug Court ....

How do I get information about Montgomery County Circuit Court Drug Court Programs?

Visit the Drug Court page.

Family - Proceedings, Change of Name, Adoption, Divorce ...

How do I get information about family case proceedings?

See General Family Law Procedures section of the Family Department page.

How do I get information about issues covered under family law?

See Case Type Specific Instructions section of the Family Department page.

How do I get help for domestic violence?

How do I learn about adoption?

See Adoptions section of the Family Department page.

How do I legally change my name?

See Change of Name section of the Family Department page.

How do I change my child's name?

See Change of Name of Your Minor Child section of the Family Department page.

How do I learn about divorce and related issues?

See Divorce section of the Family Department page.

Absolute Divorce

Visit Absolute Divorce page

Limited Divorce

Visit Limited Divorce page

child custody and visitation

Alimony/spousal support

How do I learn about establishing guardianship?

See Guardianship section of the Family Department page.

Family Law Self Help - Find a lawyer, How to start case, Custody ...

How do I find out where legal services are located?

How do I find out if I need a lawyer?

See Do I need a lawyer? page.

How do I find out where I should find family law forms and file them?

How do I start my case?

See How Do I Start? page.

How do I get a divorce?

See Divorce Section of the Family Department.

Family Division Services - Court Evaluators, Mediators, Co- Parenting info ...

How do I obtain information about Montgomery County Circuit Court Family Division Services?

How do I obtain information about Court Evaluators?

Visit Court Evaluators page.

How do I obtain information about Montgomery County Circuit Court's Co-Parenting Program?

Foreclosure

How do I get information about foreclosure proceedings in Maryland?

Maryland State Bar Association published a brochure that describes foreclosure proceedings for the general public. To access the brochure, click here.

How do I prevent my home from foreclosure?

Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s HOPE (Home Owners Preserving Equity) program provides a variety of services and information to homeowners facing foreclosures. To obtain information, click here or call toll-free 1-877-462-7555.

As a lawyer, how do I obtain information about opportunities to help homeowners facing foreclosure?

If you are interested in providing foreclosure-related pro bono services, Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland is seeking volunteers.

Guardianship

How do I become a guardian of the person and/or property of a disabled person or minor?

An interested person may file a petition requesting the Circuit Court to appoint a guardian of a minor or a disabled person (an "alleged disabled person"). Click here for additional information.

How do I get information about the duties and responsibilities of a guardian of a person and/or the property of a disabled person or minor?

See Guardianship FAQs page of the Trust Office.

Jury Office - Find parking, Juror information, Reporting for Jury ...

How do I obtain information about Jury Services at Montgomery County Circuit Court?

How do I find out if I need to report for jury service?

The Jury Commissioner's Office maintains a roster of possible jurors called a “jury pool”, comprised of Montgomery County residents who are licensed Maryland motor vehicle drivers and/or registered voters. Each year, 80,000 potential jurors are randomly selected from this jury pool. Throughout the year, each of these 80,000 potential jurors receives a Juror Questionnaire to establish whether he/she is qualified to serve as a juror in Montgomery County. The responses to the Juror Questionnaire will be reviewed by the Jury Commissioner's Office to see if you meet the criteria to serve as a juror. Once deemed qualified to serve, a Jury Summons will be mailed to the prospective juror with a specific date to fulfill jury service.

How do I get to the courthouse and where do I park?

The Circuit Court is located at the intersection of Maryland Avenue and Jefferson Street (Route 28).  The Jurors' Parking Lot is at the corner of Jefferson and Monroe Streets.  See MAP and DIRECTIONS for more information.  

If the Jurors’ Parking lot is full, there is an “overflow” lot directly across from the Juror Parking Lot.  It is the County Office Building Garage. 

What is permitted to be brought into the Montgomery County Circuit Court when called for Jury Duty and what is not permitted?

Visit the Juror's Guide to Montgomery County Circuit Court section of the Jury page.

Juvenile Delinquency/CINA
(Child in Need of Assistance) - Help with unruly child, deliquency case ...

How do I get help if I have an unruly child?

The Juvenile court does not have jurisdiction over a child until a Petition has been filed. Therefore, if your child has not committed a delinquent act and you are not currently involved with the Department of Juvenile Services or the Court, you may call the Department of Juvenile Services at (301) 610-8500 to see if there are any services that may be available to you and/or your child without Court involvement.

You may also call the Local Access Mechanism (LAM) at 301-610-0147 to see if there are any services that may be available to you and/or your child.

You may also check InfoMontgomery.org, an on-line database of resources and services created specifically for the residents of Montgomery County.

How do I obtain information on CINA (Child In Need of Assistance) and/or Delinquency cases?

How do I obtain information on statutory deadlines?

See What are statutory deadlines? section of the the Juvenile Division page.

How do I know if my child is entitled to an attorney?

See Is my child entitled to an attorney? section of the Juvenile Division page.

How do I know if parents are entitled to an attorney?

See Are parents entitled to an attorney? section of the Juvenile Division page.

How do I know if I can contact the Judge regarding my child's case?

See May I contact the Judge regarding my child’s case? section of the Juvenile Division page.

Kids Spot Center

What is Kids Spot Center?

The Kids Spot is a waiting area for children whose families have business at the Circuit Court. It is open from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (unless the court is closed). For more information visit the Kids Spot Center page.

Land Records - Record Deeds, Copy land records, land transactions ...

How do I record a deed in Montgomery County?

See How to Record a Deed in Montgomery County section in Land Records Department page.

How do I view all instruments related to land transactions in Montgomery County?

See Land Records Public Information Room section of Land Records Department page.

How do I make copies of land records?

See Duplication section of Land Records Department page.

Law Library - Services available at the Law Library ...

How do I find out what services are available at Montgomery County Circuit Court Law Library?

The services listed below are provided by the Law Library.

Computers:
Computers are available for public access to on-line legal research databases, the internet and word processing. Printing documents from the library printer is $.25 per page.  Free wireless internet access is also offered throughout the Law Library.

Photocopies:
A photocopier is available for $.25 per page.

Facsimile (fax):
The Law Library offers incoming and outgoing fax service.  The cost for faxes within the U.S. is $0.50 per page.  Faxing services outside the U.S. are not available.

Circulation:
Law Library materials may not be checked out.

Reference:
Law Library staff is available to answer questions regarding the library and its collection but cannot give legal opinions or advice.  The staff will provide limited assistance over the telephone at (240)777-9120 and e-mail at lawlibrary@mcccourt.com.

Legal Help/Representation - Find an attorney ...

How do I find an attorney who might be able to work for me for free or with reduced fees?

If you are seeking direct representation for a law case but cannot afford to hire a lawyer, Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland provides a list of legal projects

License - Business License, Passport, Marriage License ...

How do I obtain a new business license or renew an existing one?

Go to Business license page at the License Department.

How do I obtain a marriage license?

Go to Marriage license page at the License Department.

How do I obtain a passport or renew an existing one?

Go to Passport Application at the License Department.

Transcript Requests - Written request, Recordings ...

How do I request a written transcript of the court proceedings?

See How do I request a written transcript section of the Department of Technical Services page.

How do I request an audio recording of the court proceedings?

See How to Request an Audio Recording section of the Department of Technical Services page.