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District Court marks 30th anniversary

May 01, 2001

District Court marks 30th anniversary



Washington County's new District Court building at 36 W. Antietam St. will be the scene of Law Day open house activities today in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of Maryland's lower court.

Maryland District Court Chief Judge Martha Rasin said the statewide open house reflects the continuing commitment to make the court accessible and responsive to the needs of the citizens.

The public is invited to the open house to learn more about the court and the role it plays in the judicial process in Maryland. Citizens may attend a court session and ask questions of clerks regarding their duties or case processing.

Maryland's district court system began operations in July 1971, replacing a hodgepodge of magistrates', municipal and people's courts.

When it was first established, Washington County's District Court was in a remodeled Montgomery Wards store at 33-35 W. Washington St.

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Last fall, the court moved into its new quarters at 36 W. Antietam St.

Frederick County's District Court, at 100 W. Patrick St., also hosts an open house today.

The Maryland District Court handles more than two million cases a year statewide. Jurisdiction includes all landlord-tenant cases, small claims, motor vehicle violations, misdemeanors and certain felonies.

For further information about the open house in either Frederick or Washington county, call 301-694-2006.

Marlo Barnhart

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