BALTIMORE COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT JUDGES

Judge Vicki Ballou-Watts

  • Judge of the County Circuit for Baltimore County since 2002
  • Judge of the District Court for Baltimore County, 1999 to 2002
  • President, Baltimore County Bar Association, 2015 to 2016
  • Chair, Baltimore County Bar Foundation, 2017 to 2018
  • Maryland Judicial College, Faculty Member and Instructor
  • Chair, Maryland State Bar Association, Editorial Advisory Board (Maryland Bar Journal)
  • Maryland Judicial Conference Planning Committee, 2017 to 2018
  • Board of Governors, Maryland State Bar Association, 2016 to 2018
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Recipient of the 2019 J. Earle Plumhoff Professionalism Award from the Baltimore County Bar Association.
  • Leadership in Law Award (2011)
  • Circle of Excellence (2009), The Daily Record
  • Board of Directors, GBMC Healthcare Inc., 2005 to 2014
  • NAACP Trailblazer Award, Baltimore County (2012)
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Baltimore County, Social Action Award, 2003
  • Howard University, B.A. cum laude, in 1980
  • University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., in 1983
  • Long-term resident of Baltimore County; 3 adult children
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Judge Andrew M. Battista

  • Judge of the County Circuit for Baltimore County
  • Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1987
  • Associate, Hardwick, Tripoda & Harris, 1987-89
  • Marlow, Peddicone & Young, 1989-90
  • Principal, Young & Battista, 1990-93
  • Sole Practitioner, 1993-2019
  • Member, Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member, Baltimore County Bar Association
  • Chair of Criminal Law Committee, Speaker Committee; Young Lawyers Committee
  • Member, Parish Council, St. John's Hydes Catholic Church, Hydes, Maryland, 2007-09.
  • Towson University, B.S., 1982
  • University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D., 1987
  • Managing Editor, University of Baltimore Law Forum
  • Recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award for Excellent Achievement in the Study of Trial Advocacy.
  • Long-term resident of Baltimore County, married; 4 adult children
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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 or reappointed. The Governor of Maryland undertakes a comprehensive vetting process to appoint a judge when a vacancy occurs on the Circuit Court. 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.

The Maryland Constitution requires that Circuit Court Judges, once appointed or reappointed, must run in the next election to be retained.

Judges are prohibited under the Maryland Code of Judicial Conduct from taking a position on matters that are likely to come before them as a judge (Canon 5(B)(1)(d)). Click here for the Maryland Code of Judicial Conduct, found in the Maryland Rules of Civil Procedure, Rule 16-813.