The Circuit Court for Howard County Family Law Assistance Program and Civil Law Center will reopen by appointment only beginning July 27, 2020. Please click following link for detailed information.

Updated March 12, 2021 – On Monday, March 15, the Circuit Court for Howard County will move to Phase IV in the Judiciary’s reopening plan. The Courthouse is open to the public subject to building and room capacity limits. The Clerk’s Office is open to the public. Jury trials will NOT be held until after April 30, 2021. The Court will hear cases remotely and in person, subject to capacity limits in compliance with Orders issued by the Maryland Judiciary, which can be found at: https://mdcourts.gov/coronavirusupdate. Hearings will be scheduled and held remotely whenever possible. Any request to convert a remote hearing to an in-person hearing must be filed with the Clerk’s Office and ruled on by a judge. In order to accommodate as many hearings as possible, the court has stand-by cases. Procedures for civil standby cases and remote hearings/remote participation can be found HERE. While all hearing types may be scheduled, the limited capacity of the building will reduce the number scheduled. Face coverings must be worn by the public while in the building and required screening will take place at the Courthouse entry. Enhanced cleaning of the courthouse is taking place daily. We ask all patrons to practice social distancing and encourage the use of hand sanitizer which is available throughout the building. For a list of procedures in Civil, Family and Criminal cases, see the following UPDATES...Read more.
Howard County Circuit Court Building

The Circuit Court is part of the Judicial Branch of government and is a court of general jurisdiction. Circuit Court hears jury trials, juvenile, family law, serious criminal matters and complex civil matters. Circuit Court also hears appeals from the District Court of Maryland, Orphans Court and Administrative Agencies. We strive to apply the law fairly and timely while treating all who come before the Court with respect and dignity.

Unexpected Closings or Delays - in the event of inclement weather please visit the Judiciary's Closings/Delays webpage for weather-related updates.
  • Closings:  If the Court is closed on your scheduled trial date, and you were scheduled to appear for a final protective order in a domestic violence case, your case will be heard on the second day the Court is open at 8:30 a.m. No new notice will be issued.  For all other cases, your hearing will be rescheduled and notice will be mailed.  If the hearing was scheduled to take 1/2 day or longer, you will be contacted to clear a reset date.
  • Delays:  If you have a scheduled hearing on a day the Court opens late, you should appear for the hearing regardless of the time your hearing was originally scheduled.  For example, if you were scheduled to appear for a 9:00 a.m. settlement or scheduling conference and the Court opens at 10:30 a.m., you should appear at 10:30 a.m. This procedure applies to remote hearings as well as in person hearings. There may be some additional delay as the court determines the order in which cases will be called and if any postponements are needed.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Court Administrator, Jennifer Keiser, (410) 313-3029.