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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 approved FY23 Operating Budget for the Circuit Court is $16,525,872, an increase of $669,953 or 4.23 percent from the FY22 Approved Budget of $15,855,919. Personnel Costs comprise 82.46 percent of the budget for 123 full-time position(s) and five part-time position(s), and a total of 125.50 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 17.54 percent of the FY23 budget.

Consistent with the County Charter, the County Executive makes recommendations on the operating budget for all County departments, offices, and agencies. However, recognizing the Charter-defined roles, the County Executive defers significantly to Legislative and Judicial Branch agencies. Questions regarding the approved budgets for Judicial Branch departments should be directed to Kara Hawkins, KHawkins@mcccourt.com.

County Priority Outcomes

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

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

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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 FY22 estimates reflect funding based on the FY22 approved budget. The FY23 and FY24 figures are performance targets based on the FY23 approved budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY24.

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Innovations and Productivity Improvements

  • Transitioned to the Maryland Electronic Courts (MDEC) system, creating a single Judiciary-wide integrated case management system that is used by all courts within the State Court system.

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 improve 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 supported by Family Magistrates, Judges, counsel, and litigants; custody mediation involving litigants in an effort to obtain a settlement of...

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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 Trial...

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Budget Trends
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Program Contacts

Contact Kara Hawkins of the Circuit Court at 240.777.9103 or Derrick Harrigan of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2759 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Budget Summary
TitleActual
FY21
Budget
FY22
Estimate
FY22
Approved
FY23
%Chg
Bud/App
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages7602505.007925104.00 7661265.00 8494116.007.2
Employee Benefits2528838.002452931.00 2414087.00 2587156.005.5
County General Fund Personnel Costs10131343.0010378035.00 10075352.00 11081272.006.8
Operating Expenses1933033.002343817.00 2663721.00 2601965.0011.0
County General Fund Expenditures12064376.0012721852.00 12739073.00 13683237.007.6
PERSONNEL
Full-Time95.0095.00 95.00 99.004.2
Part-Time4.004.00 4.00 4.000.0
FTEs99.3897.29 97.29 101.234.1
REVENUES
State Jury Fee Reimbursement23205.00482785.00 225000.00 482785.000.0
Miscellaneous Revenues55235.0055230.00 55230.00 55230.000.0
County General Fund Revenues78440.00538015.00 280230.00 538015.000.0
 
GRANT FUND - MCG
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages1941351.002128658.00 2128658.00 1884882.00-11.5
Employee Benefits663807.00708350.00 708350.00 660694.00-6.7
Grant Fund - MCG Personnel Costs2605158.002837008.00 2837008.00 2545576.00-10.3
Operating Expenses219049.00297059.00 297059.00 297059.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Expenditures2824207.003134067.00 3134067.00 2842635.00-9.3
PERSONNEL
Full-Time24.0028.00 28.00 24.00-14.3
Part-Time1.001.00 1.00 1.000.0
FTEs22.1228.21 28.21 24.27-14.0
REVENUES
State Grants2790157.002860759.00 2860759.00 2842635.00-0.6
American Rescue Plan Act0.00273308.00 273308.00 0.00-100.0
Federal Grants30031.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Revenues2820188.003134067.00 3134067.00 2842635.00-9.3
 
DEPARTMENT TOTALS
Total Expenditures14888583.0015855919.00 15873140.00 16525872.004.2
Total Full-Time Positions119.00123.00 123.00 123.000.0
Total Part-Time Positions5.005.00 5.00 5.000.0
Total FTEs121.50125.50 125.50 125.500.0
Total Revenues2898628.003672082.00 3414297.00 3380650.00-7.9
FY23 Approved Changes
TitleExpendituresFTEs
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
FY22 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION1272185297.29
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Replace: Remote Hearings, Court Trials, and Judicial Proceedings Positions - Grant Fund (ARPA) to the General Fund [Family Division Services]2914324.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY22 Compensation Increases2382580.00
Increase Cost: FY23 Compensation Adjustment2086830.00
Increase Cost: Replace/Upgrade Courtroom AV Equipment [Technical Services]1500000.00
Increase Cost: Ransomware Data Protection [Technical Services]1021330.00
Increase Cost: Printing and Mail Adjustment47560.00
Increase Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment12590.00
Decrease Cost: FTE Adjustment [Administration]0-0.06
Decrease Cost: Retirement Adjustment-351360.00
FY23 APPROVED13683237101.23
 
GRANT FUND - MCG
FY22 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION313406728.21
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Technical Adj: FTE Adjustment [Administration]00.06
Replace: Remote Hearings, Court Trials, and Judicial Proceedings Positions - Grant Fund (ARPA) to the General Fund [Family Division Services]-291432-4.00
FY23 APPROVED284263524.27
Program Summary
Program NameFY22 APPR
Expenditures
FY22 APPR
FTEs
FY23 APPR
Expenditures
FY23 APPR
FTEs
Adjudication367038633.50395717533.50
Administration326160710.29326832910.23
Case Assignment130188815.00143881915.00
Family Division Services103149110.00150348815.00
Family Magistrates5812396.006271476.00
Grants315219128.21272798523.27
Jury6964384.007269014.00
Law Library4543793.004679533.00
Technical Services145411213.00153903213.00
Trust and Guardianships2521882.502690432.50
Total15855919125.5016525872125.50
Funding Parameter Items ($000s)
TitleFY23FY24FY25FY26FY27FY28
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
FY23 Approved13683.00000013683.00000013683.00000013683.00000013683.00000013683.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Elimination of One-Time Items Approved in FY230.000000-252.000000-252.000000-252.000000-252.000000-252.000000
Items recommended for one-time funding in FY23, including Ransomware Data Protection and replace/upgrade Courtroom AV Equipment, will be eliminated from the base in the outyears.
Labor Contracts0.000000566.000000566.000000566.000000566.000000566.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures13683.00000013997.00000013997.00000013997.00000013997.00000013997.000000