Welcome to the Clerk’s Office of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Maryland

The Carroll County Clerk’s Office is now issuing marriage licenses through the mail to those planning to marry in Carroll County. Click here for updated COVID-19 marriage application and instructions.
Questions should be emailed to: CarrollCountyMarriageLicenses@mdcourts.gov.

Due to the COVID-19 EMERGENCY, the Carroll County Circuit Court CLERK’S OFFICE IS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC until MONDAY, JULY 20, 2020 and will be working under RESTRICTED OPERATIONS.

Clerk of the Circuit Court for Carroll County, Heather S. DeWees

Heather S. DeWees, Clerk
Circuit Court for Carroll County, MD

The Carroll County CIRCUIT COURT is also CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC until July 20, 2020 except for certain emergency matters and the following: Bail reviews, Arraignments for detained defendants, Extradition cases, Competency/NCR if no witnesses required, Discovery/Hicks issues, Pleas for non-incarcerated defendants ONLY if (a) deferred sentencing if plea involves incarceration or (b) no incarceration recommended as part of plea Motions that do not require witnesses OR can be held with remote testimony. Please see the Administrative Orders below for more information.

Circuit Court, Administrative Offices, Register of Wills and the Clerk’s Office are closed to the public until July 20th, 2020. Except for emergency matters such as Domestic Violence, Extreme Risk Protective Orders, Peace Orders and Emergency Evaluation Petition and those matters mentioned in the above statement, all matters scheduled to be heard in the Carroll County Circuit Court between March 16, 2020, through July 20, 2020, are postponed. New hearing dates will be assigned. Registered MDEC users MUST file items with the Clerk’s Office using File & Serve.

Self-represented individuals may MAIL filings to the Clerk’s Office at 55 North Court Street, Westminster, MD 21157 or place in the Clerk’s Office DROP BOX available at the Circuit Court Annex front entrance bailiff’s station on North Court Street. For questions on Circuit Court cases or filings, please email: CarrollCircuitCourtClerksOffice@mdcourts.gov.

Marriage Licenses for those to be married in Carroll County are now being issued through the mail. Instructions and applications are located in the text box statement at the top of this website. Please do not email marriage license applications.

Courthouse wedding ceremonies will only be conducted via FACETIME or SKYPE starting June 8, 2020. For appointments or Marriage License questions, please call 410-386-8760 or email CarrollCountyMarriageLicenses@mdcourts.gov.

For questions regarding Maryland Land Recordings and Maryland Business Licenses, please email: LandRec.Carroll@mdcourts.gov.

For questions regarding Maryland Business Licenses issued in Carroll County, please email: elicense.carroll@mdcourts.gov.

For additional questions, please call: 410-386-8710, or email Heather.DeWees@mdcourts.gov. Circuit Court Patrons can also visit the Maryland Judiciary’s website at www.mdcourts.gov/coronavirusinformationforpublic for additional information.

IMPORTANT LINKS FOR THE PUBLIC

JURY SERVICE QUESTIONS: The Jury Commissioner for Carroll County is in a separate office from the Clerk’s Office.
Please call 410-386-2093 then press “0” or email jurydutyservice@mdcourts.gov with questions.

TELEPHONE “JURY DUTY” SCAM: In this phone scam, the caller claims to work for a court, tells the person he or she has been charged with contempt for not reporting for jury duty, refers to a judge by name, and demands payment over the phone, typically with a pre-paid card.
This phone call is a scam. If you get a call like this, hang up. Maryland courts do not call citizens to get payment over the phone for a fine for missing jury duty.

Rich in the tradition and history of Maryland, the Office of Clerk of the Circuit Court is one of the oldest public institutions in the state.

Welcome to the Carroll County Courthouse and the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court. The Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court is a public institution of importance that dates back to the very beginning of the Province of Maryland in St. Mary’s County.

The Clerk provides invaluable service to both the Court and to the Maryland public. The Clerk of the Court was, and still is, responsible for recording the proceedings of the Court; for recording deeds, conveyances and other papers; and for preserving the records of the Court. Since 1777, the Clerk has been authorized to issue marriage licenses and other licenses required by law.

The Clerk’s responsibilities were clearly defined and delineated in the Maryland Constitution of 1867. As a prescribed and constituted commission of the State Government the Clerk eventually evolved from an appointed to an elected office. The Clerk is a locally elected State official who occupies an integral position within the Judicial Branch of Government.

Photo of the Carroll County Courthouse

Courtesy of MD Manual Online

The title of Clerk misrepresents the substantial responsibilities and prestige attached to this office within the judiciary. The Clerk’s office is responsible for a variety of functions often requiring involved processes prescribed by the law. The strict nature of the work demands the consistent accuracy and productivity of all employees in each assignment. Whether it is the recording of a deed, the docketing of a case or any of the multiple functions performed by the Clerk’s office, each activity directly affects individuals within the community.

The Clerk is ultimately responsible for the actions of all his or her employees, and is directly accountable to not only the judiciary but to the electorate for the performance of his or her office.

Photo of Heather DeWees being sworn in

Clerk Heather S. DeWees being given the oath of office

As you can see, the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court is a very busy place. I am very proud of the employees in my office and the work we do. I am also extremely proud and blessed to serve the citizens of Carroll County.

Please browse through the available links to the left for more information. If my office or I can be of more assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.

YOU ARE ALWAYS WELCOME IN THE CLERK’S OFFICE.

Heather S. DeWees, Clerk