Rich in the tradition and history of Maryland, the Office of Clerk of the Circuit Court is one of the oldest public institutions in the state.
Welcome to the St. Mary's County Courthouse and the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court. The Clerk of the Court is a locally elected State official with the responsibilities established and regulated by the laws of Maryland and the Rules of the Court of Appeals of Maryland. Since 1658, the office of Clerk of Court has provided the citizens of Maryland with a variety of essential services. The revenue collected by the clerks for these services is distributed to city, county, and state governments.
Each year the Clerk’s office files, processes and maintains civil, criminal and juvenile actions. The Clerk’s office records land deeds, mortgages, plats, conveyances and other precious documents. The Clerk administers oaths to County officials, Judges and Governor appointees, issues business and marriage licenses and performs civil marriage ceremonies. The Clerk also commissions Notaries Public.
As you can see, the Office of Clerk of the Circuit Court is a busy place. I’m very proud of my staff and the work we do and hope the above facts acquaint you with the many services provided by the Clerk here in St. Mary's County.
Please browse through our links for more information. If my office can be of any service, please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance.
Joan W. Williams
Clerk of Court