Maryland Courts


Howard County Circuit Court Building

The Circuit Court is part of the Judicial Branch of government and is a court of general jurisdiction. Circuit Court hears jury trials, juvenile, family law, serious criminal matters and complex civil matters. Circuit Court also hears appeals from the District Court of Maryland, Orphans Court and Administrative Agencies. We strive to apply the law fairly and timely while treating all who come before the Court with respect and dignity.

The Honorable Lenore R. Gelfman
Howard County Administrative Judge

2014 Updates:

  1. The Law Library has relocated to the front waiting area of the courthouse. The free legal assistance program will be held in the Library. Civil Clinic services are offered the first three Tuesdays of every month, 9 am to noon, and the Family Clinic services are offered every Monday and Wednesday, 9 am to noon.

  2. Unexpected Closings or Delays - in the event of inclement weather please visit the Judiciary Information Line for weather-related updates.
    • Closings:  If the Court is closed on your scheduled trial date, and you were scheduled to appear for a final protective order in a domestic violence case, your case will be heard on the second day the Court is open at 8:30 a.m. No new notice will be issued.  For all other cases, your hearing will be rescheduled and notice will be mailed.  If the hearing was scheduled to take 1/2 day or longer, you will be contacted to clear a reset date.
    • Delays:  If you have a scheduled hearing on a day the Court opens late, you should appear for the hearing regardless of the time your hearing was originally scheduled.  For example, if you were scheduled to appear for a 9:00 a.m. settlement or scheduling conference and the Court opens at 10:30 a.m., you should appear at 10:30 a.m.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Court Administrator, Jennifer Keiser, (410) 313-3029.