Maryland Judiciary Annual Report 2021

Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County

Fifth Circuit - Anne Arundel, Carroll, Howard

• On Monday, May 24, 2021, the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County Drug Court celebrated National Drug Court Month with a ceremony to recognize the 50 graduates who successfully completed the program under COVID-19 restrictions. This was the program’s first in-person ceremony since December 2019. The Anne Arundel drug court program serves adult offenders who have committed crimes as a result of their substance use disorder and provides them with intensive supervision and treatment along with comprehensive judicial monitoring. Since the program began in November 2005, there have been 345 graduates. • Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County implemented an initiative to cross train clerks in the Civil, Family, Criminal, and Juvenile departments for courtroom clerk duties. The training increased the capacity to cover surges in courtroom cases, which eliminates potential wait time due to limited availability. Department staff also brings back the knowledge they obtain in court to their respective departments and vice versa, strengthening communication and interoperability in the entire organization. • Court staff has been archiving a backlog of over 8,500 boxes of historic records that were not processed for transfer to the Maryland State Archives. The project, which will eliminate the cost of off-site storage, is estimated to take

four years, and projected to save thousands of dollars each year as it will reduce the dependence on off-site storage and its associated cost.

The courthouse in Anne Arundel County established a clerk’s office Drop Box conveniently located near the court’s entrance way.

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