General Information

Charles County District Court

Welcome to the District Court of Maryland for Charles County located in LaPlata, MD.

The District Court hears landlord/tenant cases, replevin actions, traffic violations, criminal cases classified as misdemeanors and certain felonies, and civil cases in the amount of $30,000 or less. The District Court does not conduct jury trials.

Hon. Karen Christy Holt Chesser
​​​​​Administrative Judge
Markisha Gross
​​​​​Administrative Clerk
Megan Harmon-Cooley
​​​​​Administrative Commissioner
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General Information: 301-934-5110  | Toll-Free Number (In-state only): 1-800-941-3463  | Accounting: 301-934-5056 | County Clerk: 301-934-5037
TTY users call Maryland RELAY: 711

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The courthouse is located at 11 Washington Avenue, P.O. Box 3070, LaPlata, Maryland 20646-3070. For assistance with special needs, contact the court immediately.

Take Capitol Beltway (495) south to the Branch Avenue (Route 5) exit. Proceed on Route 5 for 40 miles. Route 5 becomes Routes 5 and 301 to La Plata. At the intersection of Route 301 and Route 6, turn left at the traffic light and proceed to the next light. Turn left at the light which will be Washington Ave. The District Court is on the left. Proceed 100 yards past the court and turn left on Talbot Street.

Bus Information
Charles County VanGo La Plata B

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On both sides of the street.

On April 4, 2022, the Maryland Judiciary returned to normal operations exiting the
five-phased COVID-19 resumption of operations plan.


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