Baltimore County Sitting Judges

BALTIMORE COUNTY SITTING JUDGES

The Maryland Judicial Appointment Process: Why Are These Judges Running?

People often wonder why these judges are running for an election. The Maryland Constitution requires Circuit Court Judges to stand for election after being appointed. When a Circuit Court vacancy occurs, a comprehensive vetting process is undertaken to appoint a new judge.

Pursuant to a Gubernatorial Executive Order, the Baltimore County Judicial Nominating Commission vets and nominates lawyers to fill vacancies on the Circuit Court. Lawyers who are nominated by the commission meet exceptional standards of legal aptitude and must be the "most distinguished for integrity, wisdom and sound legal knowledge" as dictated by the Maryland Constitution.

Read a full explanation of the Judicial Appointment Process.