Maryland Courts

Headquarters Directory

District Court Headquarters provides centralized services to assure court locations statewide apply policies and procedures consistently, and function at maximum efficiency. Headquarters serves as the hub for gathering and disseminating information between the various District Court locations and programs on the one hand, and other parts of the Judiciary, the Legislature, and external stakeholders on the other. Headquarters has primary responsibility for budget and program planning, development of policies and procedures, facilities management, information technology, and customer information for the District Court, under direction of the Chief Judge and the Chief Clerk.
Office of the Chief Judge Chief Judge
John P. Morrissey
410-260-1525
Fax 410-974-5026
Office of the Chief Clerk Chief Clerk
Roberta L. Warnken
410-260-1234
Fax 410-260-1375
Alternative Dispute Resolution
(ADR)
Executive Director
Jonathan S. Rosenthal, Esq.
410-260-1676
Fax 410-260-3536
Administrative Services Assistant Chief Clerk
Polly Harding
410-260-1203
Fax 410-260-1252

Engineering &
Central Services
Assistant Chief Clerk
Lisa I. Ritter
410-260-1663
Fax: 410-260-1218

Finance Assistant Chief Clerk
Susan Armiger
410-260-1300
Fax 410-260-1299

Operations Assistant Chief Clerk
Jamie L. Walter, Ph.D.
410 260-1226
Fax: 410-974-5026
Office of Coordinator of Commissioner Activity Coordinator
David W. Weissert
410-260-1232
Fax 410-260-1217

Office of the Chief Judge
District Court Headquarters
Maryland Judicial Center
580 Taylor Avenue A-3
Annapolis, MD 21401
 

Description
The Chief Judge is the
administrative head of the Court
and appoints administrative judges
for each of the twelve districts. The
chief judge also appoints a chief
clerk, administrative clerks for each
district, and all commissioners.

John P. Morrissey, Chief Judge
Sanjuray D. Largent, Executive Assistant
Barbara J Allison, Judicial Assistant
Andrea Dove, Aide to the Chief Judge

Office of the Chief Clerk
District Court Headquarters
Maryland Judicial Center
580 Taylor Avenue A-3
Annapolis, MD 21401

The Office of the Chief Clerk is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the Court. Roberta L. Warnken, Chief Clerk
Amber L. Herrmann, Aide to the Chief Clerk
Stephanie Ayers, Admin. Assistant

Alternative Dispute Resolution
Annapolis, MD 21401

 

Description
The mission of the ADR office includes:

1. Educate all participants (including judges, clerks, court personnel, members of the Bar, litigants and other ADR providers) on the uses and benefits of alternative dispute resolution programs;

2. Establish and maintain high quality alternative dispute resolution programs that empower litigants;

3. Encourage the use of ADR options early on and throughout the litigation process.

4. Ensure that the ADR options are appropriate and accessible.


Jonathan S. Rosenthal, Esq., Executive Director
Maureen A. Denihan, Esq., Deputy Director/Program Development and Community Outreach Dir.
Cindy Faucette, Regional ADR Program Director for Balt., Carroll, Frederick, Ho. and Wash. Co.'s
Nancy Kreitzer, Regional ADR Program Dir. for Calvert, Charles, P.G. and St. Mary's Counties
Leona Elliott, Director of ADR Roster Management
Shannon Baker, Regional Program Director for Baltimore City and Harford County
Kate Quinn, Esq., Regional Program Director for Anne Arundel County and Montgomery County
Sarah Kauffman, Data Management and Public Information Coordinator
Beth Heinle, Administrative Assistant

Administrative Services
District Court Headquarters
Maryland Judicial Center
580 Taylor Avenue A-3
Annapolis, MD 21401

Description
The Administrative Services staff produces Court forms, brochures, videos, CourtNet and Court's website, all of which provide the tools and/or training necessary to promote excellence in public service and access to justice. Effective communication with external “customers” is the primary focus of this division.

Polly Harding, Assistant Chief Clerk
Jennifer Warmack, Admin. Assistant
Amber L. Herrmann, Administrator
Thomas I. Miller, Coordinator - Legislation/Website
Toba Owonubi, Coordinator, Forms Management
Angie M. Cassidy, Assistant Coordinator, Legislation/Forms
Anita Farmer, Admin. Services Specialist, Bonds/Forms

Engineering & Central Services
District Court Headquarters
2004 Industrial Drive
Annapolis, MD 21401

Description
The building in which you work and the property inside it is the primary focus of this division. The facilities, warehouse, records, and security departments oversee everything from buildings and facilities (including furniture and telephone systems), to ordering supplies and printing/distributing forms, to managing Court records, to training and outfitting bailiffs in each of the District Court locations.

 

Lisa I. Ritter, Assistant Chief Clerk
Lily Mali, Admin. Assistant
Bertha Wike, Admin. Assistant
James Harmon, Security Coordinator
Ray Mack, Procurement Specialist

Engineering & Central Services
501 East Fayette Street, Room 306
Joe White, Facilities Administrator
Antoinette Hurd, Facility Services Assistant
Jim Riley, Construction Manager
Michelle Ruble Simpson, Telecommunications Coordinator
Engineering & Central Services
2002A Industrial Drive
Annapolis, MD 21401

James "Butch" Watkins, Administrative Officer
Keith Randall, Warehouse Supervisor
Gary Cranford, Records & Storage Supervisor
Kenneth Shifflet, Warehouse IT Coordinator
Todd Williams, Cabinet Maker

 

Finance
District Court Headquarters
Maryland Judicial Center
580 Taylor Avenue A-3
Annapolis, MD 21401

Description
The Finance division is responsible for all funds appropriated to the District Court by the Legislature each year. These funds are accounted for and spent in a manner consistent with Judiciary and State policies and procedures. The Finance staff assists with budget preparation and accounts payable duties. In addition, the Finance division is responsible for the Traffic Processing Center, which uses a computerized system for processing traffic citation payments.



Susan Armiger, Assistant Chief Clerk
Larry Tucker, Finance Manager
Cynthia Pecenak, Admin. Assistant
Cindy Jackson, Accounts Payable Supervisor
Brenda Torney, Accounting Clerk

Finance
Traffic Processing Center
Maryland District Court
PO Box 6676
Annapolis, MD 21401-0676
Lisa West, Traffic Processing Center Supervisor

 

Operations
District Court Headquarters
Maryland Judicial Center
580 Taylor Avenue A-3
Annapolis, MD 21401

Description
The Operations division consists of several component parts that are dependent upon one another, including Technical Business Review and Analysis, Resource Training, Instructional Design, Technical Writing, Transcribing, Traffic Citation Processing, Data Entry, Research and Statistics, and Executive Administrative Support. This diverse, goal-oriented group provides optimum support for the court’s production and customer oriented field operations by providing expertise through training programs, business process reviews, case flow assessment, and case management systems.


Jamie L. Walter, Ph.D., Assistant Chief Clerk
Rose Day, Operations Administrator
Jenny Henderson, Admin. Assistant
Nancy Harris, Technical Business Analyst
Brian Browne, Senior Technical Specialist
Steve Yaffe, Research Analyst
Mary "Mimi" Rauck, Technical Writer/Analyst
Ken Brown, Coordinator of Special Projects
Tonia McKnight, Operations Analyst
Nicola Simpson, Resource Specialist

Operations Offsite Offices


Transcribing Office



Bev Miller, Supervisor

District Court Traffic Processing Center
Ticket Room

Data Entry

Lorry Gilbert, Supervisor


Iris Tongue, Supervisor

 

Office of Coordinator of Commissioner Activity
The Robert F. Sweeney Building
251 Rowe Boulevard - 3rd Floor, Room #341
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
Telephone No. 410-260-1230

Description
The Coordinator of Commissioner Activity is responsible for: developing policy and procedures for commissioners; preparing annual reports; administering 279 commissioners sitting 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the State at multiple locations; publishing and updating the Commissioner Manual on a yearly basis; maintaining the charging language database; and developing training programs for commissioners.


David W. Weissert, Coordinator
Vacant, Deputy
Terry Youngbar, Admin. Assistant
Vacant, Admin. Assistant
Jonathan Lew, Charging Language Specialist
Damon Streat, Commissioner Education and Training Specialist
Vacant, Commissioner Information Specialist
Robert Hogan, Commissioner Record Specialist