Message from

Pamela Harris, State Court Administrator

Pamela Harris, State Court Administrator

As state court administrator, I have the distinct honor of serving with Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera and helping her to achieve her vision for the Judiciary and the people we serve. This past year, the Chief Judge visited every court in the state and I had the opportunity to visit some of those courts with her to hear ideas from judges and staff about the future of Maryland’s judicial system. We have also worked with experts at the National Center for State Courts, and have learned much from the experiences of others, all with the aim of increasing operational efficiencies and improving access to fair, timely and equitable justice for all people in Maryland.

During this first year of Chief Judge Barbera’s tenure, one of the most significant administrative improvements is the development and implementation of a new management structure for the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC), which provides ongoing assistance to courts and courtrelated services throughout the state. Departments with similar functions or closely aligned operational roles are now grouped together to allow for greater collaboration and shared expertise. The new structure strengthens accountability and oversight and improves coordination of services to the entire Judiciary.

We will be sharing more information about the new AOC structure in future communications, as well as updating you about other efforts. There is more work to be done as we continue to implement national best practices, create new opportunities for employee involvement, take steps to improve customer service, and roll out the Maryland Electronic Courts (MDEC) system. Meanwhile, we are also collaborating on a new strategic plan that will build on our current efforts and position us to address future challenges and opportunities more effectively.

Chief Judge Barbera and I are grateful for employees across the state who share the chief judge’s conviction and enthusiastic dedication to public service, emulating her unyielding commitment to improving the administration of justice and taking the Maryland Judiciary to the next level. Thank you for all you do.