BALTIMORE COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT JUDGES

Judge Carey Deeley 

  • Judge of the Circuit Court for Baltimore County
  • Nearly four decades representing clients in civil and criminal cases prior to appointment
  • Past president of both the Baltimore County Bar Association and its Foundation
  • Recipient of the Baltimore County Bar Association’s Judith P. Ritchey Achievement Award for Outstanding Service
  • Served on the Board of Governors of the Maryland State Bar Association, the Character Committee for the Second Appellate Circuit of Maryland, and the Appellate Judicial Nominating Commission for the State of Maryland.
  • Active member of the community, including chairman of the Pretrial Release Project Advisory Committee, member of the Baltimore County Ethics Commission, and member of the Dean's Advisory Council at the University of Baltimore School of Law
  • Long-term resident of Baltimore County; married; 3 adult children
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Judge Michael Finifter

  • Judge of the Circuit Court for Baltimore County since 2002
  • Lead Business & Technology Division Judge, Circuit Representative for Maryland Conference of Circuit Judges, and member of Legislative Committee for Maryland Judicial Council
  • Over twenty years of experience handling a wide range of legal issues prior to appointment and election by voters of Baltimore County in 2002 and was also a Certified Public Accountant
  • Former member of the Maryland House of Delegates, 1995-2002, including service on Ways and Means Committee and related subcommittees
  • Served as an adjunct professor for University of Baltimore School of Law
  • Active in community and charitable organizations, including executive board of Reisterstown, Owings Mills and Glyndon Coordinating Council and American Cancer Crusade Committee
  • Long-term resident of Baltimore County; married; 2 adult children
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Judge Ruth Jakubowski

  • Judge of the Circuit Court for Baltimore County since 2002
  • Lead Family Division Judge
  • Over twenty years of civil trial experience prior to appointment and election by voters of Baltimore County in 2002
  • Frequent speaker and teacher of judicial education courses in family law, professionalism, civil jury trials, medical malpractice, mediation, and self-represented litigants
  • Active member of Maryland State Bar Association, including service as chair of the Bench-Bar Council
  • Active member of Baltimore County Bar Association, including chair of Professionalism Committee
  • Long-term resident of Baltimore County; married; 2 adult children
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Judge Dennis Robinson

  • Judge of the Circuit Court for Baltimore County
  • Extensive experience as a trial attorney representing clients in a wide range of legal cases as a practicing attorney prior to appointment
  • Former Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and handled a variety of business disputes
  • Recipient of many professional awards and recognitions, including Maryland Daily Record’s “Leadership In Law” and “Very Important Professionals” awards
  • Active in community and charitable organizations, including past president of Perry Hall Improvement Association, board member of The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools , co-chair of capital campaign for White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company and active volunteer for Believe In Tomorrow National Children’s Foundation
  • Active member of Maryland State Bar Association, including service as co-chair of the Judicial Appointments Committee and Fellow of Maryland Bar Foundation
  • Long-term resident of Baltimore County; married; 2 school-aged 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.