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Attorneys' names forwarded for consideration to fill District Court vacancy

Judicial Nominating Commission for Washington County voted on names to send to governor for his selection and confirmation by the state Senate

November 30, 2012|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

The Judicial Nominating Commission for Washington County has selected four attorneys whose names will be forwarded to Gov. Martin O’Malley for consideration to fill a vacancy on District Court.

Mary Anne Day, Terry Allen Myers, Roland David Pembroke and Margaret Lynn Williams were selected from the dozen applicants to fill the vacancy created when District Judge Dana Moylan Wright was elevated to the Circuit Court bench this past summer.

Wright was appointed to fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone III.

The commission met Thursday to vote on which names would be forwarded to the governor for his selection and confirmation by the state Senate.

Unlike circuit court judges, who must stand for election, district court judges are appointed to 10-year terms, according to the state constitution. District court judges can be reappointed to 10-year terms until they reach the mandatory retirement age of 70, according to the constitution.

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Judge Mark D. Thomas is the other district court judge for Washington County. Visiting judges have been filling in since Wright was elevated to the circuit court bench.

Misdemeanor cases, small civil claims and motor vehicle violations are among the matters over which district court has jurisdiction. Bond hearings and preliminary hearings in felony cases are also among the duties of a district court judge.

District judges earn $127,252 a year, according to the Maryland Judiciary website.

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