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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.

Stephen V. Hales, Clerk of the Circuit Court for Worcester County, Maryland

Welcome to the Worcester County Courthouse and the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court. The Office of Clerk of the Circuit Court is one of the oldest public institutions in the state. 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 the 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. Land deeds, mortgages, plats, conveyance, and other documents are recorded and maintained electronically. Additionally, the Clerk’s office issues business and marriage licenses, and performs civil marriage ceremonies. The Clerk administers oaths to notary publics, county officials, judges, and appointees commissioned by the Governor.

Please browse through our links for more information. If my office can be of any service, please do not hesitate to contact us and ask for our assistance.

Stephen V. Hales,
Clerk of Court