Welcome – Administrative Judge
Honorable W. Michel Pierson, Administrative Judge
Welcome to the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Maryland. This website is intended to enable you to learn more about the court and its process and procedures.
The Circuit Court for Baltimore City is a State trial court of general jurisdiction. The Circuit Court is the only court in Baltimore City that conducts jury trials. The Court’s docket is divided into four divisions: Family, Juvenile, Criminal and Civil. The Family Division hears cases pertaining to divorce, custody and child support. The Juvenile Division handles delinquency cases, child in need of assistance cases, and those involving the termination of parental rights. Cases in the Civil Division cover a broad spectrum, such as motor torts, medical malpractice cases, lead paint cases, asbestos litigation, and cases involving business and commercial matters, as well as appeals from District Court, Orphans’ Court and administrative agencies. Criminal Division cases include all felonies, misdemeanor cases where a jury trial has been requested, and appeals from District Court. Additional information regarding each of these divisions, including important administrative announcements, is available through the page for that division.
If you have any suggestions for the improvement of this website or for the court in general, please send them to the Court Administrator, Room 200, 111 N. Calvert Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202.