[color photograph of Howard County Courthouse]

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District Court

Orphans' Court

Howard County Courthouse, Ellicott City, Maryland, 1999. Photo by Diane P. Frese.


Appointed by Governor &/or elected by Voters to 15-year terms (5 Judges):
Raymond J. Kane, Jr., County Administrative Judge (chosen by Circuit Administrative Judge), 2013

James B. Dudley, Associate Judge, 2005
Lenore R. Gelfman, Associate Judge, 2011
Diane O. Leasure, Associate Judge, 2011
Dennis M. Sweeney, Associate Judge, 2007

8360 Court Ave.
Ellicott City, MD 21043
(410) 313-2083


Appointed by Governor with Senate consent to 10-year terms (5 Judges):
James N. Vaughan, District Administrative Judge (chosen by Chief Judge, District Court of Maryland, with approval of Chief Judge, Court of Appeals), 2002

Neil Edward Axel, Associate Judge, 2007
Louis A. Becker III, Associate Judge, 2009
Alice P. Clark, Associate Judge, 2007
C. James Sfekas, Associate Judge, 2008

District Court/Multi-Service Center
3451 Courthouse Drive
Ellicott City, MD 21043
(410) 461-0220
fax: (410) 461-0113


Elected by Voters to 4-year terms:
Charles M. Coles, Jr. (R), Chief Judge (chosen by Governor), 2000
Sherae M. McNeal (D), Judge, 2002
Joyce C. Pope (R), Judge, 2002

8360 Court Ave.
Ellicott City, MD 21043
(410) 313-2133
fax: (410) 313-3409

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