Pam Harris Named State Court Administrator

Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera named Pamela Harris state court administrator, effective August 5, 2013. Harris, who has served since 1989 as court administrator for the Montgomery County Circuit Court, succeeds Frank Broccolina, who announced his retirement after more than 35 years of service to the Maryland Judiciary, including 13 years as state court administrator.

Pamela Harris State Court Administrator

“Pam has more than 25 years of leadership experience at the Judiciary and has distinguished herself as a skilled and thoughtful administrator,” said Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera. “I am proud to elevate her to a statewide role, where she will be able to ensure the effective administration of the court system in all jurisdictions for the benefit of the people of Maryland.”

The state court administrator provides oversight and strategic planning, direction and monitoring of court administrative activities for all state courts. The position is responsible for Human Resources, Facilities Administration, Budget and Finance, Procurement and Contracts Administration, Legal Affairs, Family Administration, Office of Problem-Solving Courts, Access to Justice Commission, Program Services Unit and Judicial Information Systems. The state court administrator also serves as the principal policy advisor to the chief judge.

“Pam has become well-known on the national stage as a leader in court administration,” said Judge John Debelius, who serves on the Montgomery County Circuit Court and is the administrative judge for the Sixth Judicial Circuit (Frederick and Montgomery counties). Harris is on the board of the National Center for State Courts and has just completed a one-year term as president of the National Association for Court Management. “Pam is an outstanding choice to take on the statewide task of courts management,” Judge Debelius added.

Harris says she is “greatly honored” to be chosen. “I am very thankful for Chief Judge Barbera’s confidence in me,” she said. “I remain committed to infusing evaluation-based practices into every aspect of court administration to achieve the best results for court staff and court users statewide.”

Upon her appointment in 1989, Harris was the first female administrator for the Montgomery County Circuit Court and is the first woman to serve in her newly appointed role as state court administrator.

Harris is a member of the Maryland Judiciary’s Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure and recently became a Public Policy Conflict Resolution Fellow through the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and the Maryland Judiciary’s Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office. She is a member of the Maryland Conference of Circuit Court Judges; Maryland Technology Oversight Board; and Maryland Integrated Statewide Case Management Committee.