NOTICE REGARDING COURT SCHEDULES ON MAY 28, 31, 2019 and JUNE 4, 2019:
In preparation for relocating to the new courthouse and for purposes of testing all electronic and security systems, the Circuit Court for Queen Anne’s County will conduct the court dockets scheduled on May 28 and 31, 2019 and June 4, 2019, in the new building located at 200 North Commerce Street, Centreville, Maryland (across the street from the historic courthouse). All other business of the Clerk of Court will continue to be conducted in the historic courthouse on these three dates.
Court dockets scheduled on all other dates will continue to be conducted in the historic courthouse (100 Courthouse Square, Centreville, Maryland) until a date is established to relocate all court operations to the new courthouse that is anticipated to occur on approximately June 17, 2019.
NOTICE REGARDING ACCESS TO
THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR QUEEN ANNE’S COUNTY
Beginning January 3, 2018, the Town of Centreville will undertake a major project for replacement of utility pipes and paving on Liberty and Commerce Streets (surrounding the courthouse). The construction for this project will be completed in phases and is anticipated to continue for approximately 2 years. Until the utility work is completed on Liberty Street, all traffic will be transferred over to Commerce Street (two-way) and once that is finished, all traffic on Commerce Street will be transferred over to Liberty Street (two-way). There will be parking in the public lots, however, there will be areas where no on-street parking will be available along Liberty Street, Commerce Street, and West Water Street.
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