Circuit Court Bench Bar Committee
The Clerk of the Court, Loretta Knight, brings the following matters to your attention:
Rule 1-322.1: Exclusion of Personal Identifier Information in Court Filings. By a Rules Order filed on May 1, 2013, the Court of Appeals adopted new Rule 1-322.1, effective July 1, 2013, to require the exclusion of certain personal identifier information from court filings. Subsequently, by a Rules Order filed on July 2, 2013, the Court of Appeals amended Rule 1-322.1 on an emergency basis (effective July 9, 2013), and also adopted a new companion rule, Rule 1-322.2 (with a deferred effective date of July 1, 2014). The amended Rule 1-322.1 differs from the original in several important ways. First the amended Rule now applies only to “pleadings and other papers filed in an action” – in other words, litigation records – and not to “administrative records, business license records or notice records” as defined in the Rules. Second, the amended Rule clarifies that it does not apply to filings by “a judge or judicial appointee.” Third, the amended Rule no longer classifies birthdates as personal identifier information requiring exclusion from filings. Fourth, the amended Rule now allows only two exceptions, for: financial account identifiers specifying the property allegedly subject to forfeiture in forfeiture actions, and the record of an administrative agency proceeding. The companion rule, Rule 1-322.2, when it takes effect on July 1, 2014, will require filers to include, in each covered filing, a certificate confirming their compliance with Rule 1-322.1.
Court Drop Box Procedure: The drop box was established to accommodate any filings made after 4:30 pm and before midnight (12:00 am) on any business day. When a pleading is placed in the drop box it will be date stamped the previous business day. The only exception to this procedure is when the file stamp on the pleading will be before the Certificate of Service date. In these instances, we must file stamp the pleading with the date the pleading is retrieved from the drop box because the clerk cannot accept a pleading before the date of the admission of service.
Interpreters: As soon as it is known that an Interpreter is not required, please immediately notify the Clerk’s Office. Your help is needed to reduce the expense of the cancellation fees.
The Clerk would like to know of any concerns, questions or suggestions you might have regarding her departments and/or procedures. 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.
David C. Merkin
Michael A. Taylor
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Meetings will be held on the 1st Wednesday of every month at 8AM on the 3rd floor of the Circuit Court in the Administrative Judge's Conference Room, unless otherwise noted