In addition to civil and criminal cases, the Clerk of Court handles business and marriage licenses, family court forms, and houses land records. Judge's Chambers: 410-479-2303; Jury Duty line: 410-479-3821. Has access to a language line for most non-English speakers that call into the office or come in person to the Clerk’s office.
The jurisdiction of the court includes all landlord-tenant cases, replevin actions, motor vehicle violations, misdemeanors and certain felonies. In civil cases the District Court has exclusive jurisdiction in claims for amounts up to $5,000, and concurrent jurisdiction with the circuit courts in claims for amounts above $5,000 but less than $30,000. The jurisdiction of the court in criminal cases is concurrent with the Circuit Court for offenses in which the penalty may be confinement for three years or more or a fine of $2,500 or more; or offenses which are felonies. The District Court does not conduct jury trials. Also look at http://mdcourts.gov
Court Appointed Special Advocates are trained adult volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children in the juvenile court system. The CASA volunteer works with the child, his/her family, teachers, the social worker, and the attorney to ensure that a safe and permanent home is secured for the child in the shortest time possible.
Information concerning family law actions,e.g. divorce, custody, visitation; referral for co-parenting education, mediation, family law legal clinic, supervised visitation, and monitored exchange. Parents needing to develop an online parenting plan or prepare for the co-parenting seminar can visit the following websites: www.uptoparents.org for married parents and www.proudtoparent.org for unmarried parents.
Provides community-based supervision of parolees and probationers, pre-trial services, and investigations. Serves as the umbrella for the Caroline County Court Ordered Community Service Program. Those aged 18 and older ordered for community service must contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-463-6290 to set up an appointment and sign a contract.
The Women’s Law Center’s free hotlines answer questions about family law. Hotlines are staffed by experienced attorneys. While hotline attorneys cannot represent you in court, they will provide basic information to help you understand your rights and tell you about other community resources to help you. Hotline services are anonymous and are available to men and women.
Meet with a lawyer for legal advice concerning Family Law cases: custody, divorce, visitation, child support, name change, etc. Free Family Law legal clinics are held in every jurisdiction in Maryland. Call respective circuit courts for hours and locations.
Clinic held at Caroline County Public Library in Denton, third Thursday 6-7:30
Mary Bartholomy, Family Services Coordinator
410-479-2303 lv. msg. @ Judge's Chambers-no direct line
BNI's Tenant-Landlord Hotline serves residential landlords and tenants throughout Maryland, with the exception of Montgomery County. The hotline handles more than 20,000 calls annually and there is no charge to callers for the service. Hotline Counselors provide both landlords and tenants with information about their rights and responsibilities under Maryland Tenant–Landlord Law and refer callers to other state and local resources such as rent court, small claims court, the local housing code enforcement office, and other legal resources where appropriate. Counselors are unable to provide callers with referrals to lawyers.
Legal Aid handles civil, not criminal, cases. Priorities for general civil legal services are eligible limited custody cases, housing, income maintenance (public benefits), and consumer/finance. Other vulnerable populations, such as senior citizens, migrant and seasonal farm workers, and nursing home and assisted living residents, receive specialized representation. Depending on the circumstances and available resources, the Legal Aid Bureau provides representation at hearings and trials, legal advice, and referral to other sources of assistance.