By Order of the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals of Maryland, all courts in the Maryland Judiciary, court offices, administrative offices, units of the Judiciary, and the Offices of the Clerks of the Circuit Courts shall be closed to the public on an emergency basis, effective March 16, 2020; however, Judiciary operations shall continue to the extent practicable. Except for certain types of matters such as Domestic Violence, Extreme Risk Protective Orders, Peace Orders and Emergency Evaluation Petitions, all matters scheduled to be heard between March 16, 2020, through April 3, 2020, are postponed pending further order of the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals. If you are unsure whether your case will be heard, call the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s Office at 410-386-8710 or call District Court at 410-871-3500 or visit the Maryland Judiciary’s website at mdcourts.gov, the District Court’s website at courts.state.md.us, or the Carroll County Circuit Court’s website at CarrollCountyCircuitCourt.org.

JURY SERVICE QUESTIONS:  The Jury Commissioner for Carroll County is in a separate office from the Clerk’s Office. 
Please call 410-386-2093 then press “0” or email jurydutyservice@mdcourts.gov  with questions.  


Rich in the tradition and history of Maryland, the Office of Clerk of the Circuit Court is one of the oldest public institutions in the state.

Clerk of the Circuit Court for Carroll County, Heather S. DeWees

Welcome to the Carroll County Courthouse and the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court. The Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court is a public institution of importance that dates back to the very beginning of the Province of Maryland in St. Mary’s County.

The Clerk provides invaluable service to both the Court and to the Maryland public. The Clerk of the Court was, and still is, responsible for recording the proceedings of the Court; for recording deeds, conveyances and other papers; and for preserving the records of the Court. Since 1777, the Clerk has been authorized to issue marriage licenses and other licenses required by law.

The Clerk’s responsibilities were clearly defined and delineated in the Maryland Constitution of 1867. As a prescribed and constituted commission of the State Government the Clerk eventually evolved from an appointed to an elected office. The Clerk is a locally elected State official who occupies an integral position within the Judicial Branch of Government.

Photo of the Carroll County Courthouse

Courtesy of MD Manual

The title of Clerk misrepresents the substantial responsibilities and prestige attached to this office within the judiciary. The Clerk’s office is responsible for a variety of functions often requiring involved processes prescribed by the law. The strict nature of the work demands the consistent accuracy and productivity of all employees in each assignment. Whether it is the recording of a deed, the docketing of a case or any of the multiple functions performed by the Clerk’s office, each activity directly affects individuals within the community.

The Clerk is ultimately responsible for the actions of all his or her employees, and is directly accountable to not only the judiciary but to the electorate for the performance of his or her office.

As you can see, the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court is a very busy place. I am very proud of the employees in my office and the work we do. I am also very proud to serve the citizens of Carroll County.

Please browse through the available links for more information. If my office or I can be of more assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us. YOU ARE ALWAYS WELCOME IN THE CLERK’S OFFICE.

Heather S. DeWees,