Maryland Courts


Pardon our Dust...
Courthouse Renovations

Pardon our dust while will make improvements to the Courthouse. Please note the following policy updates that are necessary during renovations:

1. Some criminal cases will be heard in the District Court (Administrative Order 2013-03). Calendar Management will send out notices to reflect any off site change of location of hearings/trials, or, if time does not permit, the changes will be noted on the on-line docket and on the docket displays in the courthouse.
2. The law library has re-located to the front waiting area of the courthouse and will be operating on a limited schedule. Sandy Brewer, the Law Librarian, will post the updated hours in the courthouse, as well as on-line. Civil Clinic services are offered the first three Tuesdays of every month, 9 am to noon and the Family Clinic services are offered every Monday and Wednesday, 9 am to noon.

Howard County Circuit Court Building

Welcome to the Website for the Circuit Court for Howard County

The Circuit Court is part of the Judicial Branch of government and is a court of general jurisdiction. Circuit Court hears jury trials, juvenile, family law, serious criminal matters and complex civil matters. Circuit Court also hears appeals from the District Court of Maryland, Orphans Court and Administrative Agencies. We strive to apply the law fairly and timely while treating all who come before the Court with respect and dignity.

The Honorable Lenore R. Gelfman
Howard County Administrative Judge

Winter 2014 Updates:

  1. The Circuit Courthouse renovations will require the following parking changes:

    Beginning January 10, 2014, some of the handicap spaces in the front of the Courthouse will be closed. There will be additional temporary handicap spaces in the front row of the main parking lot that will be available until the main handicap parking is re-opened.

    Anyone needing assistance from the upper lot should call the Sheriff’s office, (410) 313-2150.

  2. Unexpected Closings or Delays - in the event of inclement weather please visit the Judiciary Information Line for weather-related updates.
    • Closings:  If the Court is closed on your scheduled trial date, and you were scheduled to appear for a final protective order in a domestic violence case, your case will be heard on the second day the Court is open at 8:30 a.m. No new notice will be issued.  For all other cases, your hearing will be rescheduled and notice will be mailed.  If the hearing was scheduled to take 1/2 day or longer, you will be contacted to clear a reset date.
    • Delays:  If you have a scheduled hearing on a day the Court opens late, you should appear for the hearing regardless of the time your hearing was originally scheduled.  For example, if you were scheduled to appear for a 9:00 a.m. settlement or scheduling conference and the Court opens at 10:30 a.m., you should appear at 10:30 a.m.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Court Administrator, Jennifer Keiser, (410) 313-3029.