In September, the evening sessions of the Circuit Court for Howard County Family Law Assistance Program will begin again - by appointment. Please click the following link for detailed information for the evening sessions and the morning sessions.

Updated May 28, 2021 –Effective Tuesday, June 1, in response to modified COVID-19 protocols from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Maryland Court of Appeals Judge Mary Ellen Barbera issued new administrative orders clarifying COVID-19 health measures in courthouses and judicial branch facilities. The orders allow all judicial employees, including judges, and court visitors over the age of two who are fully vaccinated to enter the courthouses and judiciary facilities without face masks, unless the administrative judge orders otherwise. Those who have not been vaccinated must continue to wear face masks and maintain social distancing. Witnesses and litigants may be required by the presiding judge to remove their face mask and use a provided face shield. At the Circuit Court for Howard County, Jurors shall wear face masks in the jury assembly room and courtrooms unless instructed otherwise by the presiding judge. Everyone who enters the courthouse will be subject to touchless temperature scans and screening questions.
Howard County Circuit Court Building

Effective June 6, 2021 - Administrative Order, Substitute Trustee Sales

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.

Unexpected Closings or Delays - in the event of inclement weather please visit the Judiciary's Closings/Delays webpage 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. This procedure applies to remote hearings as well as in person hearings. There may be some additional delay as the court determines the order in which cases will be called and if any postponements are needed.

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