Welcome to the Clerk’s Office
of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Maryland

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

Heather S. DeWees, Clerk
Circuit Court for Carroll County, MD

The Clerk's Office is open to the public and face masks are now optional.

  • Appointments are only required for Civil Wedding Ceremonies. Please call 410-386-8760 to make an appointment to be married by the Clerk’s Office.
  • Customers may still use the Clerk’s Office Drop Box located at the front of the Circuit Court Annex at 55 North Court Street in Westminster to submit filings or payments.

EMAIL the following if you have questions for the Carroll County Clerk's Office:

CALL the following numbers if you have questions for the Carroll County Clerk's Office:

  • Land Records & Licensing Department, please call 410-386-8760
    • (Business Licenses, Marriage Licenses, Notary, Civil Wedding Ceremonies, Public Office or Governor Appointment Oaths, & Land Records customers)
  • Circuit Court Cases, filings and all other customers, please call: 410-386-8720

JURY DUTY information for the Carroll County Circuit Court: Please call the Jury Commissioner’s Office at 410-386-2093 for all jury questions, requests, and requirements.

  • Unlike some other Maryland counties, the Carroll County Clerk’s Office does NOT manage jury duty.
  • If you receive a call stating that you missed jury duty and need to pay with a gift card, prepaid debit card or through a cash app or you will have a bench warrant issued for your arrest, then hang up the phone. This is a SCAM. The Jury Office and the Clerk’s Office do NOT accept credit card payment over the phone nor do they accept gift cards or prepaid debit cards as payment.

PARKING Information for the Carroll County Circuit Court: Clerk's Office and Circuit Court Parking Map

  • The Circuit Courthouse Annex parking is located in front of the building parking on North Court Street, behind the Circuit Courthouse Annex on Greenwood Avenue or in the Parking Lot adjacent the Westminster Cemetery at the corner of Ralph Street and Greenwood Avenue.
  • Parking for the Historic Courthouse is located on Willis Street and on North Court Street.
  • Parking for Circuit Court visitors with Disability Placards is located on Greenwood Avenue behind the Circuit Courthouse Annex adjacent to the Employee Only Parking Lot. Visitors with a disability may enter the front or rear entrance of the Circuit Courthouse Annex.
  • Parking directly behind the Circuit Courthouse Annex is designated EMPLOYEE PARKING ONLY except for the spots designated for those visitors with Disability Placards. Please DO NOT PARK BEHIND the Circuit Courthouse Annex if you do not have an EMPLOYEE PARKING PERMIT or are not parking in the disability placard spots.

TELEPHONE HELP for the public:

  • Family Law Hotline: 1-800-845-8550 (Monday-Friday 9:30am-4:30pm)
  • Veterans’ Legal Hotline: 443-863-4040 (Tuesdays 3:00-7:00pm and Thursdays 9:30am-1:00pm)
  • Maryland Courts Help Center: 410-260-1392 (Monday-Friday 8:30am-8:00pm)
  • Foreclosure Assistance: 1-877-462-7555 or 1-855-604-4663 (Call 1-888-784-0136 for bad lending practices or scams)
  • Employment Hotline: 1-877-422-9500 (Tuesdays 9:30am-1:00pm and 1st Thursday of each month 5:00-7:00pm)

Important Links for the Public

  • ADA Access: Maryland Courts Accommodation Information and Request Form: For any person with a disability who has business in a Maryland court can request an accommodation. This includes litigants, lawyers, defendants, witnesses, potential jurors, and other members of the public using court services.
    • Those with Disability Placards may enter the front entrance or rear entrance of the Carroll County Circuit Courthouse Annex.
  • Case Search for Maryland Judiciary: https://casesearch.courts.state.md.us/casesearch/
    • This website provides public access to the case records of the Maryland Judiciary.
    • Access is governed by Maryland Rules on Access to Court Records.
    • The Carroll County Clerk’s Office is NOT responsible for its contents.
  • Check Policy: Click here for the updated Check Policy. For payments of court fees, please make checks or money orders payable to: Heather S. DeWees, Clerk.
  • Family Law Information: For more information, please email nathan.hoyle@mdcourts.gov or call 410-386-2751
    • Clinics and Seminars ONLY provide advice and DO NOT provide court representation. They are first come first serve and subject to change due to availability of an attorney.
      1. FREE Carroll County Family Law PUBLIC SEMINARS are now being offered on the 1st Wednesday of each month. There is NO income limitations for this seminar. To register please email margaret.gude@mdcourts.gov or call 410-386-2751.
      2. FREE Carroll County FAMILY LAW LEGAL ADVICE CLINICS are offered on Wednesdays 1:00pm-4:00pm & Thursdays 9:00am-Noon BY PHONE to those with a LOW income. Please call 410-386-2751 for this FREE limited legal advice opportunity.
      3. Family Law Resource Packet
  • Marriage License and Marriage Certificate Information: For those who wish to be married within the next 6 months, please call 410-386-8760 or email CarrollCountyMarriageLicenses@mdcourts.gov.
    • Carroll County Clerk’s Office Marriage Certificate Copy Request Form: For those married in Carroll County and wish to obtain a copy of their Marriage Certificate.
    • NON-RESIDENT Marriage License Application: For those who are Non-Residents of Carroll County who wish to be marry in Carroll County within the next 6 months, please read the Non-Resident Marriage Application directions and fill out the following NON-Resident Marriage License Application.
    • Civil Wedding Ceremonies can be conducted INDOORS with 10-12 guests or OUTDOORS if parties have more guests and weather is permitting. Please call 410-386-8760 to make an appointment.
    • For marriage license or ceremony payments, please make check or money order payable to: Heather S. DeWees, Clerk
  • Office of Legislative Audits (OLA) Fraud Hotline Information: Visit the website or call TOLL FREE 1-877-FRAUD-11.
    • In effort to prevent and detect fraud, waste and abuse of State resources, this TOLL FREE HOTLINE was established by the Maryland Office of Legislative Audits (OLA) for those to report fraud, waste and abuse of Maryland State Government Resources in Maryland State Government.
  • Public Terminal Access Information: Public computers are available for use on both the 2nd Floor (Civil, Criminal, Family & Civil Departments) & the Ground Floor (Land Records & Licensing). Computer use is limited to 30 minutes per customer.
  • Register of Wills Information for Carroll County: http://registers.maryland.gov/main/carroll.html
    • Unlike other states such as West Virginia, the Carroll County Clerk’s Office does NOT manage protection and executions of wills. The purpose of the Register of Wills and the Orphans’ Court is to offer protection for the decedent, the heirs, the legatees, the creditors and the State of Maryland. Please call the Carroll County Register of Wills Office at 410-848-2586 or email CarrollCountyROW@registers.maryland.gov for all questions regarding such matters.
  • Important SCAM NOTICES for the Public: If you believe you are the victim of a court scam, please call 410-386-8710 to report the scam to the Clerk of Court.
    • RECENT JURY SCAM ALERT: In this phone scam, the caller claims to work at the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and tells the person he or she “did not report for jury duty” and has a “bench warrant” for their arrest. The scammer’s phone number may show 410-386-5900 because the caller has “spoofed” or manipulated the phone call to appear to be from the Sheriff’s main phone line. The caller demands payment over the phone through Cash App or Zelle. The caller may ask the person to go to the Sheriff’s Office and turn themselves into the Sheriff after they to go to a grocery store or CVS and buy a Money-Pak Prepaid Debit Card to be used at the Carroll County Detention Center Commissary Machine. Sometimes, the caller states that they are Sgt. Barry Davis or Lt. Mark Johnson of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office. No one by these names work for the Sheriff’s Office. This phone call is a scam. If you get a call like this, HANG UP. Maryland Courts, Sheriff’s Offices and Jury Offices do not call citizens to get payment over the phone for a fine for missing jury duty. The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office does not take payments through a machine for missing jury duty. If you have any questions about Jury Duty, please call the Carroll County Jury Office at 410-386-2093.
       
    • TELEPHONE “COVID LOCATION STAY ORDER” SCAM: In this phone scam, the caller claims to work for the Carroll County Circuit Court, tells the person that he or she is being served with a COVID location stay order and risks being charged with contempt if he or she does not answer the caller’s questions. The caller then claims to need the person’s information such as name, address, birth date, zip code, social security number and a bank account number to verify the person’s identity and serve him or her with the order. This phone call is a scam. If you get a call like this, hang up. Maryland Courts DO NOT call citizens and ask for their identity information or bank account information. This phone call is a scam. If you get a call like this, hang up. Maryland Courts DO NOT call citizens and ask for their identity information or bank account information.
       
    • TELEPHONE “SUBPOENA” SCAM: In this phone scam, the caller claims to work for a court, tells the person that he or she is being served with a subpoena and risks being charged with contempt if he or she does not answer the caller’s questions. The caller then claims to need the person’s information such as name, address, zip code, social security number and a bank account number to verify the person’s identity and serve him or her with the subpoena. This phone call is a scam. If you get a call like this, hang up. Maryland Courts DO NOT call citizens and ask for their identity information or bank account information.
       
    • TELEPHONE “FEDERAL HEALTH SERVICES GRANT” SCAM: In this phone scam, the caller claims to work for a court or the Clerk’s Office, tells the person that he or she is eligible for a Federal Grant ($10,000, $5,000 or $1,000) if they answer questions on the Health Services Grant Form. The caller then claims to need the person’s information such as name, address, zip code, social security number and a bank account number to submit the Form to the Federal Government This phone call is a scam. If you get a call like this, hang up. Maryland Courts DO NOT call citizens and ask for their identity information or bank account information. The Carroll County Clerk’s Office is a state office NOT a federal office and it does not issue any federal grants to individuals.
       
    • TELEPHONE “CLERK'S OFFICE PAYMENT” SCAM: In this phone scam, the caller claims to work for a court or the Clerk's Office, and tells the person he or she can pay their court fees by credit card. This phone call is a scam. If you get a call like this, hang up. Maryland courts do not call citizens to get payment over the phone and the Carroll County Clerk’s Office does NOT ACCEPT credit card payment over the phone. We do accept credit card as a form of payment in the office with proper identification.
       
    • TELEPHONE “JURY DUTY” SCAM: In this phone scam, the caller claims to work for a court, tells the person he or she has been charged with contempt for not reporting for jury duty, refers to a judge by name, and demands payment over the phone, typically with a pre-paid card.
      This phone call is a scam. If you get a call like this, hang up. Maryland courts do not call citizens to get payment over the phone for a fine for missing jury duty.

 

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.

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 Online

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 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.

Photo of Heather DeWees being sworn in

Clerk Heather S. DeWees being given the oath of 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 extremely proud and blessed to serve the citizens of Carroll County.

Please browse through the available links to the left 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, Clerk