If you are in need of information concerning the date, time or location of a court proceeding, please contact the Criminal Assignment Office at (410) 333-3811 which is located in the Mitchell Courthouse, Room 142.
There are three reception courts that operate daily: two for felonies and one for misdemeanors.
There is a felony reception court in the Mitchell Courthouse and Courthouse East which conducts sessions at 9:30 am, 11 am, and 2 pm. These courts also operate as administrative/postponement courts.
The misdemeanor reception court conducts one session daily starting at 9:30 am.
There is one arraignment court which operates only on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of each week beginning at 9:30 am.
There are eleven trial courts which receive cases from the reception courts daily.
The Division also operates two drug courts and one mental health court.
Practices & Procedures
Trial dates for felony cases are assigned at arraignment and requires the attendance of all parties. The court schedules cases in compliance with its differentiated case management plan by designated track assignments based upon the complexity of the case, the number of defendants, and the anticipated length of trial.
- Track A cases involve one defendant with an anticipated trial length of 2-3 days which are scheduled for trial 60 days from arraignment.
- Track B cases involve multiple defendants with an anticipated trial length of up to 5 days which are scheduled for trial 90 days from arraignment.
- Track C cases involve charges of serious personal injury, death, or have complicated issues which are scheduled for trial 120 days from arraignment.
- Track D cases involve high profile matters or cases requiring additional time for trial preparation.
Felony cases only may be postponed by the reception courts pursuant to Maryland Rule 4-271.
Any discovery disputes must be raised pursuant to the Maryland Rules with all such disputes referred to the assigned Discovery Judge after appropriate pleadings have been filed with the court.
In most cases, pre-trial motions are decided by the trial judge on the date of trial. If a defendant has a dispositive pre-trial motion, a Request for a Specially Set Dispositive Motions Hearing may be submitted to the Judge In-Charge who will determine if a hearing should be set.
Misdemeanor Jury Trials
If an election for a trial by jury occurs in the District Court, the defendant will be given a summons by the Assistant State’s Attorney in the District to report for trial in the Circuit Court 21 days later. If the attorneys or witnesses have a conflict with the designated date, counsel may select a trial date 2-3 days before or after the original date. All cases will be assigned to the misdemeanor reception court for resolution or assignment to a trial court.
Room 462 Courthouse East
Hours: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Monday – Friday
Telephone: (410) 333-3722
The Civil Division, located in what is commonly known as ‘the old Post Office building’ is comprised of several departments including Appeals, Mortgage Foreclosures, Civil Records Department and the Civil Docketing Unit. Our goal is to provide service with integrity to the community and the Baltimore City circuit court. Our division is committed to the processing and management of all civil non-domestic matters with integrity and timeliness. Using the tabs below, you can explore the various operations of the Civil Division and Courts.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I obtain emergency relief?
See emergency Injunction
All motions for temporary restraining order pursuant to Maryland Rule 15-504 shall be processed as follows:
- The motion, affidavits, exhibits, proposed order, and complaint (if applicable) should be filed with the Clerk of the Court, 462 Courthouse East.
- Two copies of these papers should be given to the Clerk to be date-stamped and to receive a case number (if it is a new action).
- The copies should be delivered to Magistrate Susan M. Marzetta, 232 Courthouse East. Prior to filing, counsel should call Magistrate Marzetta (410) 396-5006 to advise her office of the filing.
- A copy of the papers should be delivered to the opposing party or counsel to effectuate notice.
- If appropriate, Magistrate Marzetta will arrange a tentative date and time for hearing. It is counsel’s responsibility to contact the opposing party or counsel for the opposing party to determine if the proposed date and time is agreeable to both parties. It may become necessary to change the date and time of the hearing.
- The hearing will consist of a screening conference with oral argument in front of the Magistrate followed by a hearing before the Civil Motions Judge, if necessary.
If a temporary restraining order is issued and a bond is imposed, the bond must be posted with the Clerk of the Court before counsel can receive a copy of the order.
- How do I obtain a postponement or a modification of the Scheduling Order?
See Schedule Modification Policy
- How do I obtain a trial date?
Contact the Differentiated Case Manager, who will check to see if a trial date has been scheduled or who will make arrangements for scheduling.
Differentiated Case Manager
111 N. Calvert Street
Courthouse East, Room 401
Baltimore, MD 21202
Telephone: (410) 396-3045
Fax: (410) 333-1383
- How do I find out where my hearing or trial is scheduled?
Civil Assignment Office: (410) 333-3755
DCM Coordinator: (410) 396-3045
- How do I make arrangements for audio-visual equipment in my trial?
Some courtrooms are already equipped for audio-visual presentations. If the courtroom to which you are assigned does not have that equipment, private arrangements will have to be made subject to the approval of the particular judge. You must make arrangements at the start of the trial.
- How do I have someone committed for psychiatric evaluations?
During normal courthouse hours contact either the Clerk of the District Court at (410) 333-4765 or the Medical Office of the Circuit Court at (410) 396-5013 for information.
After 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, contact the District Court Commissioner at 100 North Calvert Street, Baltimore, MD 21202 at (410) 396-2563 for information.
- Is there e-filing available?
E-filing is currently available only on the asbestos docket.
- Can I make a request to the Court by a letter?
As required by Md. Rule 2-311(a), all requests to the Court to take action should be by motion. There is no provision for the Court to act in response to a letter.
- Can I walk a motion through?
All motions must be filed in the Clerk’s office. If there is a need for prompt action, the Clerk will direct the party on how to proceed. Motions should not be delivered directly to the judge’s chambers.