MARYLAND JUDICIAL CONFERENCE

ORIGIN & FUNCTIONS


Organized in 1945, the Maryland Judicial Conference considers the status of judicial business in the various courts and improvements to court practice and procedure. It evaluates and recommends legislation and discusses proposals to improve the administration of justice and the judicial system in Maryland.

The Conference consists of all judges of the Court of Appeals, the Court of Special Appeals, the Circuit Courts, and the District Court of Maryland. The Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals serves as chair, and the State Court Administrator as executive secretary. Annually, the Conference meets in plenary session (Maryland Rule 16-802).

JUDICIAL INSTITUTE OF MARYLAND
BOARD OF DIRECTORS

c/o Judicial Training Center
2009 D Commerce Park Drive
Annapolis, MD 21401

In 1981, the Judicial Institute of Maryland was formed by administrative order of the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals. The Institute is responsible to the Maryland Judicial Conference for all judicial education and training. The Institute develops, provides, and evaluates comprehensive, diverse and cost-effective continuing legal education for the judges of Maryland.

The Institute is governed by the thirteen-member Board of Directors, appointed to two-year terms by the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals.

JUDICIAL COUNCIL

The Judicial Council began as the Executive Committee of the Maryland Judicial Conference and reorganized under its present name in October 2000.

Between annual sessions, work of the Judicial Conference is conducted by its the Judicial Council and a number of other committees, as established by the Council in consultation with the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals (Maryland Rule 16-802). Conference committees receive staff support from the Administrative Office of the Courts.

The Council consists of seventeen judges elected to two-year terms by their peers from all court levels in the State. Serving as ex officio nonvoting members are the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals, the Chair of the Conference of Circuit Judges, and the Chief Judge of the District Court of Maryland.

CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT COMMITTEE
At the recommendation of the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals, the Child Support Enforcement Committee was created by the Executive Committee of the Maryland Judicial Conference in 1990.

CIVIL LAW & PROCEDURE COMMITTEE
The Civil Law and Procedure Committee was formed by the Executive Committee of the Maryland Judicial Conference.

CRIMINAL LAW & PROCEDURE COMMITTEE
The Criminal Law and Procedure Committee was authorized by the Executive Committee of the Maryland Judicial Conference.

FAMILY & DOMESTIC RELATIONS LAW COMMITTEE
The Family and Domestic Relations Law Committee was started by the Executive Committee of the Maryland Judicial Conference.

JUDICIAL COMPENSATION COMMITTEE The Judicial Compensation Committee was begun by the Executive Committee of the Maryland Judicial Conference.

JUVENILE LAW COMMITTEE
The Juvenile Law Committee was created by the Executive Committee of the Maryland Judicial Conference.

MENTAL HEALTH, ALCOHOLISM & ADDICTION COMMITTEE
The Mental Health, Alcoholism and Addiction Committee was initiated by the Executive Committee of the Maryland Judicial Conference.

PUBLIC AWARENESS COMMITTEE
The Public Awareness Committee was started by the Executive Committee of the Maryland Judicial Conference.

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