Circuit Court for Baltimore County, MD - Clerk's Office

NOTICE: Please note that Chapter 538 from the 2020 Session of the Maryland General Assembly provides that the current $40 surcharge on recordable instruments recorded among the land records and financing statement records will continue on and after July 1, 2020. For more information, see page 15 through 16 here.


By Order of the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals of Maryland, all courts in the Maryland Judiciary, court offices, administrative offices, units of the Judiciary, and the Offices of the Clerks of the Circuit Courts shall be closed to the public on an emergency basis, effective March 16, 2020; however, Judiciary operations shall continue to the extent practicable. Except for certain types of matters such as Domestic Violence, Extreme Risk Protective Orders, Peace Orders and Emergency Evaluation Petitions, all matters scheduled to be heard between March 16, 2020, through May 1, 2020, are postponed pending further order of the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals. If you are unsure whether your case will be heard, call the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s Office at 410-887-2601 or call District Court at 410-512-2000 or visit the Maryland Judiciary’s website, the District Court’s website, or the Baltimore County Circuit Court’s website.

JURY SERVICE QUESTIONS:  The Jury Commissioner for Baltimore County is in a separate office from the Clerk’s Office. For additional information, email or call the office Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., at 410-887-3596.

Rich in the tradition and history of Maryland, the Office of Clerk of the Circuit Court is one of the oldest public institutions in the state.

Courthouse - Circuit Court for Baltimore County

Photo courtesy of MD Manual Online

Rich in the tradition and history of Maryland, the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court is one of the oldest public institutions in the State. The Clerk of the Court is a locally elected State official with the responsibilities established and regulated by the laws of Maryland and the Rules of the Court of Appeals of Maryland. Since 1658, the office of Clerk of Court has provided the citizens of Maryland with a variety of essential services. The revenue collected by the clerks for these services is distributed to city, county and state governments.

Each year the Clerk’s office files, processes and maintains civil, criminal and juvenile actions. The Clerk’s office records land deeds, mortgages, plats, conveyances and other precious documents. The Clerk administers oaths to County officials, Judges and Governor appointees, issues business and marriage licenses and performs civil marriage ceremonies. The Clerk also commissions Notaries Public.

As you can see, the Office of Clerk of the Circuit Court is a busy place. I’m very proud of the work we do, and hope the above facts acquaint you with the many services provided by the Clerk here in Baltimore County.

Please browse through our links for more information. If my office can be of any service, please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance.

Julie L. Ensor,