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Frederick County Circuit Court Administrative Order - Extension of December 29, 2021 Administrative Order

Frederick County Circuit Court Administrative Order Concerning Operations - December 29, 2021

Updated Reopening Plan

Chief Judge Joseph M. Getty issued an amended administrative order on January 14, 2022, Extension of Interim Administrative Order of December 27, 2021 Restricting Statewide Judiciary Operations in Light of the Omicron Variant of the COVID-19 Emergency, which extends the Maryland Judiciary Phase III operations in response to the continued Omicron variant surge. Phase III operations are extended through March 6, 2022, pending further order.

On Wednesday, December 29, 2021, the Maryland Judiciary reverted to Phase III of the its COVID-19 five-phased progressive resumption of operations plan. During Phase III, Clerks’ offices in both the District Court of Maryland and circuit courts throughout the state will remain open to the public. The Court of Appeals of Maryland and Court of Special Appeals of Maryland remain fully operational, but the chief judge may determine whether to hold proceedings in person or remotely. In Phase III, the District Court and circuit courts will hear specific case types remotely or in-person, but jury trials will not be held until the Judiciary is able to re-enter Phase V of its progressive reopening plan.

The use of MDEC, Simplifile, drop boxes and regular mail will continue to be utilized for case filings and recordings as they have been since the beginning of the closure. Marriage license applications must be now be submitted in person with no appointment required.  Civil ceremonies require an appointment and will be performed outdoors through December 1, weather permitting.  Notary commission pick up will also be on an appointment only basis. Certified copies and record requests will continue to be processed via email, regular mail and by telephone. Our Records Department is open to conduct searches with no restrictions.

Please call the department needed at the specified number listed below for assistance.

Civil: (301) 600-2969
Criminal: (301) 600-1932
Family/Child Support: (301) 600-1977
Jury Duty: (301) 600-1979
Juvenile: (301) 600-1968
Land Recording/Licensing: (301) 600-1965
Records Room: (301) 600-1957

For information regarding the impact that the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the daily operation of the Maryland Judiciary, please visit


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.
You can check your status as a juror or report any suspicious jury duty telephone calls by contacting your Circuit Court jury office. Contact information for courts is available on the Maryland Judiciary website,, and click on “Locate a Maryland Court.


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.

Clerk of Court, Sandra Dalton

Welcome to the Frederick County Courthouse and the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court. The Clerk of the Court is a locally elected State official with the responsibilities established and regulated by the laws of Maryland and the Rules of the Court of Appeals of Maryland. Since 1658, the office of Clerk of Court has provided the citizens of Maryland with a variety of essential services. The revenue collected by the clerks for these services is distributed to city, county, and state governments.

Each year the Clerk's office files, processes and maintains civil, criminal and juvenile actions. The Clerk's office records land deeds, mortgages, plats, conveyances and other precious documents. The Clerk administers oaths of office to Notaries Public, County officials, Judges and Governor appointees. The Clerk also issues business and marriage licenses and performs civil marriage ceremonies.

As you can see, the Office of Clerk of the Circuit Court is a busy place. I'm very proud of my staff and the work we do, and hope the above facts acquaint you with the many services provided by the Clerk here in Frederick County.

Please browse through our links for more information. If my office can be of any service, please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance.

Sandra Dalton