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Circuit Court for Queen Anne’s County
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For Immediate Release

CONTACT: Sandra Smith
Circuit Court for Queen Anne’s County
(410) 758-0216, Ext. 111

Queen Anne’s County Circuit Court Appoints Master for Juvenile and Domestic Causes

(CENTREVILLE, Md., Jan. 16, 2013) The Second Judicial Circuit has appointed Jean D. Meta as Master for Juvenile and Domestic Causes.

On Jan. 22, Meta will assume the position formerly held for seven years by Patrick J. Palmer, who resigned last June to return to the private practice of law. The position has been vacant since his resignation, and the judges of the Second Judicial Circuit (Caroline, Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties) have received and considered applications from 25 qualified candidates.

“Our new master was selected from a group that included many highly qualified and experienced candidates,” said Queen Anne’s County Circuit Judge Thomas G. Ross, administrative judge for the Second Judicial Circuit.

Meta will complete training during the first two weeks of her term, which will include orientation provided by the Administrative Office of the Courts as well as courtroom observations with other masters in the Second Circuit. She will be based in the Circuit Court for Queen Anne’s County but will be assigned one day per week to the Circuit Court for Kent County, as well as to other counties in the Second Judicial Circuit as needed. Meta will begin hearing cases in court Feb. 5 in Queen Anne’s County and Feb. 6 in Kent County.

A resident of Queen Anne’s County, Meta has been a practicing attorney for more than 10 years with extensive experience in matters relating to family and juvenile law. She is a 1999 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and became a member of the Maryland Bar in 2000. Additionally, she has served as a court mediator and a volunteer for the court’s family law clinic, and has represented many children in contested custody matters.

The Clerk of Circuit Court for Queen Anne’s County will administer the oath of office to Meta at a brief ceremony at the courthouse in Centreville, Courtroom 1, Friday, Jan. 18, at 4 p.m.


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