Welcome to the Circuit Court for Queen Anne’s County located in the oldest court house in continuous use in the State of Maryland. The Queen Anne's County Court House was constructed at the time when the county seat was removed from Queenstown to Centreville. It was accepted by the County Court on June 1, 1796, and ordered to be "taken, held and deemed to be the proper Court House of Queen Anne's County."
In the State of Maryland, the judicial branch of government consists of four levels of courts, two trial and two appellate. The Circuit Court for Queen Anne’s County hears major civil cases and more serious criminal matters, along with juvenile cases and most appeals from the District Court, Orphans’ Court and administrative agencies. If a party in a District Court civil or criminal case requests a jury trial, those cases are heard by the Circuit Court under certain circumstances.
Many persons participate each day in various types of legal matters at the court house – citizens, litigants, jurors. The work of the court touches lives and protects the rights of all. Please feel welcome to visit our court house and observe firsthand the operation of the court and its role in safeguarding our Constitutional rights.
Thomas G. Ross
County Administrative Judge
Administrative Judge, Second Judicial Circuit