General Information

St. Mary's County District Court

Welcome to the District Court of Maryland for St. Mary's County located in Leonardtown, MD.

The District Court hears landlord/tenant cases, replevin actions, traffic violations, criminal cases classified as misdemeanors and certain felonies, and civil cases in the amount of $30,000 or less. The District Court does not conduct jury trials.

Hon. Karen Christy Holt Chesser
​​​​​Administrative Judge
Markisha Gross
​​​​​Administrative Clerk
Megan Harmon-Cooley
​​​​​Administrative Commissioner
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General Information: 301-880-2700  | Toll-Free Number (In-state only): 1-800-943-0091
TTY users call Maryland RELAY: 711

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The courthouse is located at 23110 Leonard Hall Drive, P.O. Box 1509, Leonardtown, MD 20650-5831. For assistance with special needs, contact the court immediately.

From Route 5 south, turn left onto Rt. 245. From Route 5 north, turn right onto Rt. 245. Turn right on Baldridge St, about .5 miles. Court located in Carter State Office Building, behind Governmental Center.

Bus Information
St. Mary's Transit System - Lexington Park to Leonardtown, Leonardtown to Lexington Park, Leonardtown Loop, Route 5 Express

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Adjacent to building.

On April 4, 2022, the Maryland Judiciary returned to normal operations exiting the
five-phased COVID-19 resumption of operations plan.


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