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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 cases, and child support cases in accordance with the United States and Maryland Constitutions while administering justice in an honest, fair, and efficient manner.

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Budget Overview

The total recommended FY21 Operating Budget for the Circuit Court is $15,546,668, an increase of $286,255 or 1.88 percent from the FY20 Approved Budget of $15,260,413. Personnel Costs comprise 83.05 percent of the budget for 119 full-time position(s) and five part-time position(s), and a total of 121.50 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 16.95 percent of the FY21 budget.

County Priority Outcomes

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

  • Thriving Youth and Families
  • Effective, Sustainable Government
  • Safe Neighborhoods

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Program 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 FY20 estimates reflect funding based on the FY20 approved budget. The FY21 and FY22 figures are performance targets based on the FY21 recommended budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY22.

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Initiatives

  • Improve housing options for Mental Health Court participants as well as increase the number of life skills classes offered to Drug Court participants.
  • Establish a clear and easy-to-use process for disabled persons to request appointment of an attorney to obtain representation when pursuing termination of guardianship or removal of guardians.
  • Monitor case processing performance for family, civil, criminal, and juvenile cases as well as specialty cases such as Business and Technology, ASTAR, One Family One Judge, and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status to ensure fair and timely resolution of cases.

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Innovations and Productivity Improvements

  • Family Division Services provided 519 cases with facilitation, set 244 cases for custody/access mediation, processed 340 orders for custody/visitation evaluations, processed 106 cases for adoption investigation and/or reviews, and provided co-parenting classes for 1,571 persons ordered to attend.
  • Problem Solving Court implemented a Drug Court Intervention Track for lower level offenders diagnosed with a substance use disorder who would not normally qualify for Drug Court due to minimal backup time. Members of the Intervention Track fully participate in the Drug Court program and services with the goal of program graduation.
  • Technical Services improved the functionality of case management databases for the Maryland Automated Guidelines System (MAGS), Special Immigrant Juvenile Status cases, and One Family One Judge cases to assist the court's specialized management of these cases.

Program Descriptions

  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, Differentiated Case Management (DCM), and Quality Control. Conceptually, this division monitors case assignments (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...

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  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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  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 DCM plans. The Assignment Office maintains all scheduling information related to criminal...

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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 is responsible for every aspect of the Court's information systems. The duties of, and services performed, range from installing and maintaining server/PC hardware and software applications to designing and troubleshooting complex computer networks and information databases. The department manages the electronic recording of all courtroom and hearing room...

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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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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
FY19
Budget
FY20
Estimate
FY20
Recommended
FY21
%Chg
Bud/Rec
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages7096629.007584937.00 7547452.00 7888231.004.0
Employee Benefits2534921.002605082.00 2614389.00 2567516.00-1.4
County General Fund Personnel Costs9631550.0010190019.00 10161841.00 10455747.002.6
Operating Expenses2810961.002348016.00 2374873.00 2338331.00-0.4
County General Fund Expenditures12442511.0012538035.00 12536714.00 12794078.002.0
PERSONNEL
Full-Time92.0094.00 94.00 95.001.1
Part-Time3.004.00 4.00 4.000.0
FTEs93.7097.43 97.43 99.382.0
REVENUES
Miscellaneous Revenues55235.0055230.00 55230.00 55230.000.0
State Jury Fee Reimbursement496020.00482785.00 482785.00 482785.000.0
County General Fund Revenues551255.00538015.00 538015.00 538015.000.0
 
GRANT FUND - MCG
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages1815919.001830992.00 1830992.00 1870795.002.2
Employee Benefits603017.00573307.00 573307.00 584736.002.0
Grant Fund - MCG Personnel Costs2418936.002404299.00 2404299.00 2455531.002.1
Operating Expenses280761.00318079.00 318079.00 297059.00-6.6
Grant Fund - MCG Expenditures2699697.002722378.00 2722378.00 2752590.001.1
PERSONNEL
Full-Time23.0023.00 23.00 24.004.4
Part-Time1.001.00 1.00 1.000.0
FTEs23.3022.07 22.07 22.120.2
REVENUES
State Grants2697215.002722378.00 2722378.00 2752590.001.1
Grant Fund - MCG Revenues2697215.002722378.00 2722378.00 2752590.001.1
 
DEPARTMENT TOTALS
Total Expenditures15142208.0015260413.00 15259092.00 15546668.001.9
Total Full-Time Positions115.00117.00 117.00 119.001.7
Total Part-Time Positions4.005.00 5.00 5.000.0
Total FTEs117.00119.50 119.50 121.501.7
Total Revenues3248470.003260393.00 3260393.00 3290605.000.9
FY21 Recommended Changes
TitleExpendituresFTEs
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: FY21 Compensation Adjustment2224480.00
Increase Cost: Kids Spot Staff, File Trail, and OnBase Document Management System Contracts [Administration]180200.00
Increase Cost: Lexis/Nexis and Westlaw Contracts [Law Library]21330.00
Decrease Cost: Trial Court Research Grant [Administration]-13377-0.12
FY21 RECOMMENDED229224-0.12
Program Summary
Program NameFY20 APPR
Expenditures
FY20 APPR
FTEs
FY21 REC
Expenditures
FY21 REC
FTEs
Adjudication359169133.50363197933.50
Administration307799110.60309279610.70
Case Assignment136655514.00137196815.00
Family Division Services10597459.83125408811.68
Family Magistrates6549617.006014386.00
Grants272237822.07275259022.12
Jury6804014.006954004.00
Law Library4699713.004496663.00
Technical Services140498013.00144575913.00
Trust and Guardianships2317402.502509842.50
Total15260413119.5015546668121.50
Funding Parameter Items ($000s)
TitleFY21FY22FY23FY24FY25FY26
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
FY21 Recommended12794.00000012794.00000012794.00000012794.00000012794.00000012794.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Annualization of Positions Recommended in FY210.00000022.00000022.00000022.00000022.00000022.000000
New positions in the FY21 budget are generally assumed to be filled at least two months after the fiscal year begins. Therefore, the above amounts reflect annualization of these positions in the outyears.
Labor Contracts0.000000133.000000133.000000133.000000133.000000133.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures12794.00000012949.00000012949.00000012949.00000012949.00000012949.000000