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Maryland Judicial Vacancies

The Judicial Nominating Commissions select and nominate to the Governor persons found by the Commission to be legally and most fully professionally qualified to fill a vacancy. The table includes all current vacancies. Once the close date to a vacancy passes, the names of all applicants will be listed. The public is encouraged to participate in the selection process by submitting written and signed comments concerning the qualifications of an applicant to The Judicial Nominating Commission, c/o The Administrative Office of the Courts, Human Resources, Maryland Judicial Center, 580 Taylor Avenue, Building A, First Floor, Annapolis, Maryland 21401. The comments must be received at least one week prior to the commission meeting date shown in the table below.

The Nominating Commission meets to interview all candidates. Thereafter a voting session takes place and the names of nominees are reported to the Governor. This usually occurs the same day or morning after the Commission meets. As soon as the names have been reported to the Governor this chart is updated to reflect the names of those nominated to a vacancy.

Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this table. Please recognize, however, that this list does not constitute official notification of individuals nominated for, or appointed to, a judicial vacancy. Rather, the official list of candidates for a vacancy is compiled by the Administrative Office of the Courts and sent to the Governor's Office. The Governor's Office officially notifies the appointed individual and releases an official notice to the public. When an appointment to a vacancy is announced by the Governor's Office, the name is highlighted in red.

Court Reason for Vacancy Close Date
4:30 p.m.
Applicants **Pool Comm. Mtg Nominations
Appointed (date)

Court of Appeals
(Fourth Appellate Judicial Circuit - Prince George's County)




Retirement of the Honorable Glenn T. Harrell, Jr. 8/11/15

Honorable Michele Denise Hotten
Honorable Sean Daniel Wallace



Circuit Court for Montgomery County Honorable Audrey A. Creighton Vacancy 8/5/15

**James Alfred Bonifant
**Theresa Michelle Chernosky
**Debra Lynn Dwyer
**Gerald William Heller
**Honorable Patricia Lynn Mitchell
**Honorable James Bernard Sarsfield
**Honorable Margaret Marie Schweitzer
**Clark Emanuel Wisor, III

*If two days are needed for interviews, then 9/25/15 will be added.


**Individuals who were nominated for a judicial vacancy but who were not appointed by the Governor become part of a pool that will be considered automatically for each vacancy on the same court occurring within two years after submission of the initial list.