If you are in need of information concerning the date, time or location of a court proceeding, please contact the Criminal Assignment Office at (410) 333-3811 which is located in the Mitchell Courthouse, Room 142.
There are three reception courts that operate daily: two for felonies and one for misdemeanors.
There is a felony reception court in the Mitchell Courthouse and Courthouse East which conducts sessions at 9:30 am, 11 am, and 2 pm. These courts also operate as administrative/postponement courts.
The misdemeanor reception court conducts one session daily starting at 9:30 am.
There is one arraignment court which operates only on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of each week beginning at 9:30 am.
There are eleven trial courts which receive cases from the reception courts daily.
The Division also operates two drug courts and one mental health court.
Practices & Procedures
Trial dates for felony cases are assigned at arraignment and requires the attendance of all parties. The court schedules cases in compliance with its differentiated case management plan by designated track assignments based upon the complexity of the case, the number of defendants, and the anticipated length of trial.
- Track A cases involve one defendant with an anticipated trial length of 2-3 days which are scheduled for trial 60 days from arraignment.
- Track B cases involve multiple defendants with an anticipated trial length of up to 5 days which are scheduled for trial 90 days from arraignment.
- Track C cases involve charges of serious personal injury, death, or have complicated issues which are scheduled for trial 120 days from arraignment.
- Track D cases involve high profile matters or cases requiring additional time for trial preparation.
Felony cases only may be postponed by the reception courts pursuant to Maryland Rule 4-271.
Any discovery disputes must be raised pursuant to the Maryland Rules with all such disputes referred to the assigned Discovery Judge after appropriate pleadings have been filed with the court.
In most cases, pre-trial motions are decided by the trial judge on the date of trial. If a defendant has a dispositive pre-trial motion, a Request for a Specially Set Dispositive Motions Hearing may be submitted to the Judge In-Charge who will determine if a hearing should be set.
Misdemeanor Jury Trials
If an election for a trial by jury occurs in the District Court, the defendant will be given a summons by the Assistant State’s Attorney in the District to report for trial in the Circuit Court 21 days later. If the attorneys or witnesses have a conflict with the designated date, counsel may select a trial date 2-3 days before or after the original date. All cases will be assigned to the misdemeanor reception court for resolution or assignment to a trial court.