Dorchester County Circuit Court Courthouse

Aristotle said that “democracy arose from men thinking that if they are equal in any respect they are equal in all respects.” The democratic institution which gives life to Aristotle’s words is an independent and impartial judiciary.

In the State of Maryland, the judicial branch of government consists of four levels of courts. There are two trial courts, the District Court and the Circuit Court; and two appellate courts, the Court of Special Appeals and the Court of Appeals. The Circuit Court found in each Maryland county is a court of general jurisdiction. The Court hears serious criminal and the more complex civil cases, juvenile and family law matters and all jury trials. Additionally, the Circuit Court hears appeals from the District Court of Maryland, the Orphans’ Court and administrative agencies.

I consider it to be the mission of the Circuit Court for Dorchester County to be accessible to all and to fairly, promptly and efficiently resolve those disputes arising under the law. The Court is committed to interpret and apply the law consistently, impartially and independently to protect the rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitutions of Maryland and of the United States.

I treasure the people, land and heritage of Dorchester County. For me, there could be no greater professional honor or personal privilege than having the opportunity to serve the citizens of Dorchester County as their Circuit Court Judge.

Brett W. Wilson
County Administrative Judge