Firearms or other weapons of any kind are not permitted within the Dorchester County Circuit Court building unless carried by law enforcement officers entering the building in performance of their official duties. Any weapons identified during screening or at any other time, except those carried by a law enforcement officer in the exercise of their official duties, shall be impounded and retained for use as evidence, and may be forfeited, destroyed, or otherwise disposed of in accordance with law. Any person unlawfully carrying weapons within the Dorchester County Circuit Court building is subject to criminal prosecution.
Roof Replacement Project
- The Circuit Court for Dorchester County building will be under construction beginning September 12, 2022. The building will be receiving a new roof which has been approved by the Dorchester County Historical Preservation Commission. Scaffolding will be erected and installed around the building during this project, which is expected to last through December 2022. Please be aware that entrance into the building may be relocated. Please look for signage directing you to the building’s entrance. Please use caution when entering the Courthouse.
Additionally, please note that during construction, courtroom access may be limited and hearings may be moved to other locations either within the building, such as the Orphan’s Courtroom or possibly the District Court of Maryland for Dorchester County, located at 310 Gay Street, Cambridge, Maryland. As such, it is possible that some hearing times may have to be adjusted. Efforts will be made to notify parties in advance as to the relocation and times of courtroom activities, when possible. If courtroom activities are relocated, you will be redirected upon your arrival at the courthouse.
We ask for your patience and cooperation while this work is done to maintain and preserve our historic courthouse.
Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of the following:
Courthouse Security – 410-221-8122
Dorchester County Circuit Court Clerks Office – 410-228-0481
Circuit Court Judge’s Chambers – 410-228-6300
Court Administrator – 410-221-7651
If you would like to request a video hearing for your case
, please file your request with the court
as soon as possible to make that request (but no later than 5 business days in advance of your hearing
) containing your hearing information, your email address and your telephone number (Motion for Remote Proceeding or to Appear Remotely Form
). If you have questions, please contact the following: Family or Juvenile case - 410-228-1395; Truancy case - 410-548-7107; or Criminal, Civil, Guardianship or other case type - 410-228-6300. We will try to accommodate all requests if permissible and feasible. Please refer to the Guidelines
for instructions on your remote hearing well in advance. Your request for a remote hearing implies consent
with the Guidelines.
Masking is no longer required, however, if you are unvaccinated masking is strongly encouraged in order to protect your safety and the safety of others. Please do not come to the Courthouse if: (1) you have been diagnosed with and remain ill with COVID-19 and are within the applicable quarantine period; or (2) have not been fully vaccinated and are aware of having been exposed to a person infected with COVID-19 and are within the applicable quarantine period; or (3) have been advised by a doctor, hospital or local health department to self-quarantine or have been ordered to quarantine.