Circuit Court Bench Bar Committee
The Clerk of the Court, Loretta Knight, brings the following matters to your attention:
Release of Funds: The Order provided with the Request for Release of Funds from the Court Registry is to be specific. The order should contain the following wording:
“The principal balance of funds deposited in the registry of the court, plus any accrued interest and minus administrative costs, shall be promptly released to ______________________, and mailed to (if applicable)_______________.”
Since the interest amount is obtained by the Clerk’s Finance Office from the bank statement, do not put a dollar amount for the interest in this order. If funds are to go to more than one party, please state how the funds, administrative costs and interest are to be divided.
Emergency/Rush Motions: If a Motion for Temporary Restraining Order or a Motion to Shorten Time is filed, it is strongly suggested that you walk the docketed motion to the Duty Judge for a ruling. Please keep in mind the court receives numerous filings daily and the normal process could take several days before a ruling is made. Remember, a court employee does not walk filings through the system. Also, a Motion for Injunction must have a Certificate of Service and a Request for Hearing.
Maryland’s Unclaimed Property: In order to retrieve previously held registry funds from Maryland’s Unclaimed Property, the parties to the case should file a motion requesting the Clerk to retrieve the funds from Unclaimed Property. The motion should also request that upon receipt of the funds back into the court registry they be disbursed to the party that is entitled to the funds. The Order should include the following language:
“The principal balance of funds deposited in the registry of the Court, plus accrued interest and minus administrative costs, shall be promptly released to __________________________ and mailed to (if applicable) ________.”
Emergency or Inclement Weather: To find out if the Circuit Court is closed, there are various avenues. A designated phone number (240) 777-9399 which has a recorded message as to the status of the circuit court; the circuit court’s web site www.montgomerycountymd.gov/circuit (or Google the court) and listening to the various radio and television broadcasts.
The Clerk is constantly striving to improve the quality of service her departments provide. Please let her know of any concerns or suggestions you may have. Phone: 240-777-9464; email: email@example.com.
If you have any concerns to bring to the Committee’s attention, please feel free to contact any Committee member or David C. Merkin at (301) 762-9200 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or Michael A. Taylor at (301) 251-2772, email@example.com.