General Information

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St. Mary's County District Court

Welcome to the District Court of Maryland for St. Mary's County located in Leonardtown, MD.

The District Court hears landlord/tenant cases, replevin actions, traffic violations, criminal cases classified as misdemeanors and certain felonies, and civil cases in the amount of $30,000 or less. The District Court does not conduct jury trials.

Hon. Karen Christy Holt Chesser
​​​​​Administrative Judge
Markisha Gross
​​​​​Administrative Clerk
Megan Harmon-Cooley
​​​​​Administrative Commissioner
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General Information: 301-880-2700  | Toll-Free Number (In-state only): 1-800-943-0091
TTY users call Maryland RELAY: 711

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The courthouse is located at 23110 Leonard Hall Drive, P.O. Box 1509, Leonardtown, MD 20650-5831. For assistance with special needs, contact the court immediately.

From Route 5 south, turn left onto Rt. 245. From Route 5 north, turn right onto Rt. 245. Turn right on Baldridge St, about .5 miles. Court located in Carter State Office Building, behind Governmental Center.

Bus Information
St. Mary's Transit System - Lexington Park to Leonardtown, Leonardtown to Lexington Park, Leonardtown Loop, Route 5 Express

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Adjacent to building.

District 4 - St. Mary's County

Return to Phase V- 03/03/22
Return to Phase III Information-12/29/2021-02/08/2022
Face Mask Policy - 05/28/2021
Phase IV Information- 03/15/2021
Return to Phase III Information - 11/16/2020
Phase I - V - Reopening Plan - 07/20/2020
Order Extending Stay of Evictions - 04/17/2020
Statewide - Issued by the Chief Judge of the District Court
Communication Regarding the CDC Agency Order and Landlord/Tenant Actions - 08/27/2021
Communication Regarding the CDC Agency Order and Landlord/Tenant Actions - 08/04/2021
Communication Regarding the CDC Agency Order and Landlord/Tenant Actions - 06/30/2021
Communication Regarding the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Interim Final Rule Involving the CDC Agency Order and Failure to Pay Rent Landlord Tenant Actions - 04/30/2021
Emergency Rental Assistance Program  - 04/30/2021
Communication on CDC Agency Order and Landlord Tenant Actions - 03/30/2021
Fourth Revised Communication Affidavit Judgment in the District Court - 03/12/2021
Communication Regarding District Court Restricted Operations and Landlord/Tenant Actions During Return to Phase IV - 02/26/2021
Communication Regarding the Recently Enacted Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 - Updated 01/29/2021

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