Maryland Courts

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of cases does the Circuit Court for Howard County hear?

Please see the following web page for information on the Maryland court system and the types of cases heard in the appellate and trial courts.

Who do I contact about Jury Duty?

Please call the Jury Commissioner at 410-313-3804.

I have a traffic ticket where should I go?

Please contact the District Court at 410-480-7700.

Does the Court offer any services for self-represented litigants?

Yes. See the Civil Law Self-Help Center and the Family Law Assistance Program.

Is there anywhere to buy/store food at the Court House?

There are vending machines located on the lower level of the Court House.

How do I get a copy of a transcript, and what does it cost?

See Transcripts for information on obtaining a copy of a transcript and the rates that apply.

What can I bring to the Court House?

See Administrative Order No. 2012-02 on Electronic Equipment, Cell Phones and Computers.

Where do I get a marriage license?

You obtain a marriage license from the License Department at The Thomas Dorsey Building, 9250 Bendix Rd, Columbia MD 21045, 410-313-5850. If you wish to be married by the Clerk of the Court, the marriage ceremony takes place at the Circuit Court for Howard County, 8360 Court Ave., Ellicott City, MD 21043. For more information on Civil Ceremonies, see http://mdcourts.gov/clerks/howard/marriage.html or contact the Clerk's Office at 410-313-2160.

How do I become a court interpreter?

For information on requirements to become a certified court interpreter, information on the registry release list of interpreters, and scheduled workshops, see the Judiciary's Court Interpreter Program.

Is there space at the Court House to take depositions?

No, there is not any space in the Court House for depositions.

What is the Orphans' Court, and what does it do?

The Orphans' Court for Howard County is a panel of 3 judges, who are elected to 4 year terms. The judges do not need to be lawyers, but must be citizens of the state and reside in Howard County. The current judges are Sherae M. McNeal, Chief Judge; Anne L. Dodd; and Leslie Smith Turner. The Orphans' Court oversees the probate process for many, but not all estates. The probate process involves enforcing wills, safeguarding minors' estates, administering estates, protecting beneficiaries, preserving creditors' rights and ensuring that the personal representative fulfills his/her duties. www.registers.maryland.gov/main/howard.html.

Does Howard County Transit provide transportation to the Court House?

Not at this time.

How can I get the form for an advance medical directive and a living will?

You can find these forms on the Maryland Office of the Attorney General website at www.oag.state.md.us.