Orphans' Court judges are elected by the people every four years. They do not need to be lawyers, but they must be citizens of the state and reside in the county or city in which they are elected. As elected officials, Orphans' Court judges are responsible to the people whose rights and interests they are charged with protecting.
There are three judges in each county (except Montgomery and Harford) and Baltimore City. See the listing of Maryland Orphans' Court judges.
Conference of Orphans' Court Judges
On November 18, 2003, the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals issued an Administrative Order establishing the Conference of Orphans' Court Judges.
The Conference consults with the Chief Judge on matters that affect the Orphans' Court. The Conference consists of 14 members appointed by the Chief Judge who serve two-year terms. See the current roster of Conference members.