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Mission Statement

The mission of the Circuit Court is to serve Sixth Judicial Circuit residents in the determination of litigation in serious criminal matters, substantive civil cases, domestic and child support cases in accordance with the Constitution while administering justice in an honest, fair, and efficient manner.

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Budget Overview

The total recommended FY19 Operating Budget for the Circuit Court is $14,600,627, a decrease of $195,055 or 1.32 percent from the FY18 Approved Budget of $14,795,682. Personnel Costs comprise 81.68 percent of the budget for 115 full-time position(s) and four part-time position(s), and a total of 117.00 FTEs. Total FTEs may include seasonal or temporary positions and may also reflect workforce charged to or from other departments or funds. Operating Expenses account for the remaining 18.32 percent of the FY19 budget.

Linkage to County Result Areas

While this program area supports all eight of the County Result Areas, the following are emphasized:

  • Healthy and Sustainable Neighborhoods
  • A Responsive, Accountable County Government
  • Vital Living for All of Our Residents

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Department Performance Measures

Performance measures for this department are included below (where applicable), with multi-program measures displayed at the front of this section and program-specific measures shown with the relevant program. The FY18 estimates reflect funding based on the FY18 approved budget. The FY19 and FY20 figures are performance targets based on the FY19 recommended budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY20.

Accomplishments

  • During FY17, the Montgomery County Circuit Court processed over 35,000 case filings and over 35,000 terminations, as well as, held over 41,000 hearings and 1,500 trials.
  • Reviewed and audited 953 Fiduciary reports filed by court-appointed guardians and trustees, and monitored the filings of 241 Inventory reports, 986 Fiduciary reports, and 835 Annual reports.
  • Served 9,959 patrons at the Court's Family Law Self-Help Center. The Kids Spot child waiting area served 1,046 children.
  • Established and implemented specialized case management processes such as the development of a database to monitor, report, and generate forms to effectively and efficiently monitor family cases with Special Immigration Juvenile Status requests.
  • Continued to provide interpreter services for individuals who qualify. A total of 2,985 spoken language interpreter service requests were made in 2,378 cases. The court also recorded 3,097 entries of an interpreter's swearing-in at the beginning of case proceedings.

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Initiatives

  • Provide phone-based assistance to self-represented litigants in the Family Law Self-Help Center.
  • Team with Montgomery College to support the College's Paralegal Studies program by providing students in the program with access to the Court's Law Library legal research materials.
  • Form volunteer panels of state, county and private organizations to address the varied needs of Drug Court and Mental Health Court participants.
  • Support the implementation of emailed bench warrants and body attachments from the Sheriff's Office.
  • Review the court's collection of all fines and costs to ensure that best practices/model processes are in place.

Program Descriptions

  Family Magistrates

Family Magistrates are qualified individuals appointed by the Judges of the Circuit Court to hear family matters and make reports and recommendations based on testimony and analysis of the testimony received at hearings. Family Division Judges continue to review the recommendations, make rulings and issue orders based on the recommendations...

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  Administration

The Administrative Office of the Circuit Court serves as a conduit for many operations of the Court. The Court Administrator's role is to facilitate the administrative functions of the Court and to develop policies to enhance systems performance, while maintaining the independence of the Judiciary. Basic functions performed by the...

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  Adjudication

Adjudication encompasses support staff for the Judiciary and Differentiated Case Management (DCM). Conceptually, this division monitors case assignment (criminal, civil, and family cases), provides expedited case disposition for incarcerated offenders, and provides supervision consistent with the complexity of each case filed. Adjudication and DCM improves the efficiency of case processing...

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  Case Assignment

The Assignment Office schedules and maintains all hearings, trials, and motion dates as well as special event dates for Judges and Family Magistrates of the Court, and ensures that these events are scheduled in accordance with the Court's Differentiated Case Management plans. The Assignment Office maintains all scheduling information related...

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  Jury

The Jury Office manages prospective and active jurors for civil and criminal proceedings. In accordance with Maryland Courts and Judicial Proceedings, Title 8, every citizen may serve as a juror and must serve when summoned. The Jury Commissioner and staff dispatch questionnaires to prospective jurors using information gathered from voter...

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  Family Division Services

This program provides a variety of services for children and families, most of them funded by the Family Law Grant. Services include case managers that provide day-to-day management of cases between Family Magistrates, judges, counsel, and litigants; custody mediation involving litigants in an effort to obtain a settlement of custody...

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  Technical Services

Technical Services manages the central recording location that electronically records all courtroom and hearing room proceedings for the Circuit Court. All video conferencing between the Circuit Court, District Court, Montgomery County Detention Center, and Montgomery County Correctional Facility is handled through this division. This equipment is used on a daily...

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  Law Library

The Law Library supports the research activities of the Court, the Bar, and the public and is the only law library open to the public in Montgomery County. The Library has a comprehensive collection of law, including U.S. statutes and the codes of Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia, and local ordinances....

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  Trust and Guardianships

The Trust Office administers the case files for fiduciary entities (primarily guardianships) who are required to comply with the reporting requirements set forth in the Maryland Court Rules, Title 10, Guardians and Other Fiduciaries. The reports required to be filed include the Inventory and Information Report and Annual Fiduciary Report...

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  Grants

The Family Law Grant is funded by the State and provides services to families to reduce conflict and introduce the parties involved in litigation to problem-solving techniques to help reduce future litigation. See the Family Division Services Program for a description of the services supported by this grant. The...

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Budget Trends
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Program Contacts

Contact Judy Rupp of the Circuit Court at 240.777.9103 or Trevor Lobaugh of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2763 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Budget Summary
TitleActual
FY17
Budget
FY18
Estimate
FY18
Recommended
FY19
%Chg
Bud/Rec
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages6685211.007109969.00 6960590.00 7201338.001.3
Employee Benefits2439823.002297466.00 2501624.00 2341256.001.9
County General Fund Personnel Costs9125034.009407435.00 9462214.00 9542594.001.4
Operating Expenses2385693.002659119.00 2362092.00 2439894.00-8.2
County General Fund Expenditures11510727.0012066554.00 11824306.00 11982488.00-0.7
PERSONNEL
Full-Time89.0091.00 91.00 92.001.1
Part-Time3.003.00 3.00 3.000.0
FTEs90.7092.70 92.70 93.701.1
REVENUES
Miscellaneous Revenues55235.0055230.00 55230.00 55230.000.0
State Interpreter Fee Reimbursement277593.00434799.00 0.00 0.00-100.0
State Jury Fee Reimbursement441970.00404245.00 404245.00 404245.000.0
County General Fund Revenues774798.00894274.00 459475.00 459475.00-48.6
 
GRANT FUND - MCG
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages1614945.001911022.00 1911022.00 1812155.00-5.2
Employee Benefits559183.00582930.00 582930.00 570498.00-2.1
Grant Fund - MCG Personnel Costs2174128.002493952.00 2493952.00 2382653.00-4.5
Operating Expenses240635.00235176.00 235176.00 235486.000.1
Grant Fund - MCG Expenditures2414763.002729128.00 2729128.00 2618139.00-4.1
PERSONNEL
Full-Time23.0023.00 23.00 23.000.0
Part-Time1.001.00 1.00 1.000.0
FTEs23.3023.30 23.30 23.300.0
REVENUES
State Grants2374929.002729128.00 2729128.00 2618139.00-4.1
Grant Fund - MCG Revenues2374929.002729128.00 2729128.00 2618139.00-4.1
 
DEPARTMENT TOTALS
Total Expenditures13925490.0014795682.00 14553434.00 14600627.00-1.3
Total Full-Time Positions112.00114.00 114.00 115.000.9
Total Part-Time Positions4.004.00 4.00 4.000.0
Total FTEs114.00116.00 116.00 117.000.9
Total Revenues3149727.003623402.00 3188603.00 3077614.00-15.1
FY19 Recommended Changes
TitleExpendituresFTEs
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
FY18 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION1206655492.70
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: FY19 Compensation Adjustment2764440.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY18 Personnel Costs824690.00
Increase Cost: Printing and Mail8060.00
Increase Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment7990.00
Technical Adj: FY17 Mid-Year Changes [Technical Services]01.00
Decrease Cost: Retirement Adjustment-398810.00
Decrease Cost: Elimination of One-Time Items Approved in FY18-1000000.00
Decrease Cost: Interpreter Services [Administration]-1208300.00
Decrease Cost: Lapse Magistrate Position [Family Magistrates]-1838730.00
FY19 RECOMMENDED1198248893.70
 
GRANT FUND - MCG
FY18 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION272912823.30
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Decrease Cost: Grant Adjustment [Grants]-1109890.00
FY19 RECOMMENDED261813923.30
Program Summary
Program NameFY18 APPR
Expenditures
FY18 APPR
FTEs
FY19 REC
Expenditures
FY19 REC
FTEs
Family Magistrates5660426.003903956.00
Administration353050410.20332495110.20
Adjudication333697733.00338684033.00
Case Assignment124917914.00130255414.00
Jury7007134.507144384.50
Family Division Services8417429.008899419.00
Technical Services119833811.00130758612.00
Law Library4572803.004710843.00
Trust and Guardianships1857792.001946992.00
Grants272912823.30261813923.30
Total14795682116.0014600627117.00
Future Fiscal Impacts ($000s)
TitleFY19FY20FY21FY22FY23FY24
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
FY19 Recommended11982.00000011982.00000011982.00000011982.00000011982.00000011982.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Restore One-Time Lapse Increase0.000000184.000000184.000000184.000000184.000000184.000000
Restoration of one-time lapse adjustment in the budget development year
Labor Contracts0.000000175.000000175.000000175.000000175.000000175.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures11982.00000012341.00000012341.00000012341.00000012341.00000012341.000000