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Office of Communications and Public Affairs
2011-D Commerce Park Drive
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
For Immediate Release

Angelita Plemmer
Terri Bolling
(410) 260-1488

Media Advisory:
Maryland Judges Gather for Statewide Meeting

(ANNAPOLIS, Md. – May 10, 2012) On Friday, May 11, judges from throughout Maryland will assemble for the statewide meeting of the Maryland Judicial Conference. A range of civil and criminal issues will be explored during the program, and there will be an update on Maryland Electronic Courts, a project that will create a single Judiciary-wide integrated electronic case management system to be used by all the courts in the state court system.

“The Judicial Conference provides ongoing education for our judges, which we believe is very important to the courts’ mission,” said Chief Judge Robert M. Bell of the Maryland Court of Appeals. “This conference is usually held over three days with more topics and a more in-depth examination of issues, but unfortunately the economy has forced us for the third year in a row to downscale this vital educational event,” Judge Bell said. “We will hold the conference as a one-day session at our own facility, which just happens to be able to accommodate all of us.”

Also during the conference, the Maryland Access to Justice Commission will present its second annual Access to Justice Awards to: the District Court Self-Help Center operated by Maryland Legal Aid; Del. Samuel I. Rosenberg, Maryland House of Delegates; Sen. Jamie Raskin, Maryland Senate; Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown; Judge Karen Murphy Jensen, administrative judge for the Circuit Court for Caroline County; retired Maryland Court of Appeals Judge Joseph F. Murphy, Jr.; and Connie Kratovil-Lavelle, executive director of Family Administration, Administrative Office of the Courts.


The Maryland Judicial Conference
Some sessions are not open to the media or the public.
Sessions that are open to the media and public include the following and require registration and event identification badges for admission:
--Opening remarks and business meeting, 8:30-9:45 a.m., including presentation of the Maryland Access to Justice Awards and an update on the Maryland Electronic Courts project
--Lunch program (Sheraton), noon-2 p.m.: “A Conversation with Thomas Goldstein, editor of the SCOTUS Blog
--Afternoon program: “Divorce in the Land of Oz: A Marital Property Practicum,” 2-4 p.m.
--Afternoon program: “Civil Debt Collection Matters,” 2-2:50 or 3:10-4 p.m.
--Afternoon program: “Impact Cases Affecting District Court,” 2-2:50 or 3:10-4 p.m.


The Maryland Judiciary


Friday, May 11, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Judicial Education and Conference Center, 2011-D Commerce Park Drive, Annapolis, Md., 21401
NOTE: Parking is not available on site. Call the Office of Communications and Public Affairs at (410) 260-1488 for information about parking and shuttle service.


For more information, an agenda of open sessions, or to arrange to attend, please contact the Office of Communications and Public Affairs at (410) 260-1488.

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