Maryland Courts

Welcome

Photo of Judge S. JamesSarbanes

The cornerstone of our democratic form of government is a fair and impartial judiciary. In the State of Maryland, the judicial branch of government consists of four levels of courts, two trial and two appellate. The Circuit Court for Wicomico County hears major civil cases and more serious criminal matters, along with juvenile cases and most appeals from the District Court, Orphans’ Courts, and administrative agencies. If a party in a District Court civil or criminal case requests a jury trial, those cases are heard by the Circuit Court under certain circumstances.

Whether you are a party in a legal matter, a juror or a citizen curious about how the courts operate, you are welcome in our courthouse.

S. James Sarbanes
County Administrative Judge