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Harford County Courts Visited by Maryland’s Chief Judge

(BEL AIR, Md. -- Dec. 12, 2013) The leaders of Harford County’s courts hosted Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera today when she toured the courts and facilities.

“It’s a great opportunity to meet face-to-face with our new chief judge, show her our facilities and introduce her to our wonderful staff,” said Harford County District Administrative Judge Susan H. Hazlett. “I have the privilege of serving with very dedicated people who work ‘behind-the-scenes’ in our courts. It was a very productive meeting, and I look forward to continuing this open communication to find ways to improve the way we provide services in our community.”

Harford County Circuit Judge William O. Carr, the county administrative judge, said the county courts are continuing a long tradition of judicial services. “It was a pleasure for the judges and staff of the Circuit Court to meet with Judge Barbera and to have the opportunity to review with her the many programs that the Circuit Court offers to the people of Harford County and discuss issues related to the court system,” Judge Carr said. “Her willingness to meet with us and her openness to our ideas and thoughts is deeply appreciated by all of us.”

“This visit provided me with the opportunity to personally congratulate Judge Carr and Judge Hazlett on their exemplary management of their courts,” Judge Barbera said. “Our courts are very busy, and it’s a privilege to meet and talk with so many hardworking professionals at every level.” Visiting the state’s Circuit and District Courts has been a priority for Chief Judge Barbera since she was appointed by Gov. Martin O’Malley in July to head Maryland’s court system, and she has visited half of Maryland’s courts since then.

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