The Circuit Court for Prince George’s County Welcomes All—A Fair Forum for Justice
The Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court is a public institution rich in tradition and history of the State of Maryland. Established by the Maryland Constitution (Article 4, Part III, §25), the Clerk of Court is one of the oldest public offices in our state and dates back as far as 1658 to the first Maryland settlement in what is now St. Mary's County—then part of Prince George’s County. The Clerk's Office was established as an independent keeper of the records to maintain their integrity in a safe and impartial manner. Ensuring the integrity of the court record ultimately ensures that the people are being served in a fair and just manner.
The Clerk of the Court, elected to serve Prince George’s County by the citizens of the county, is a state official who occupies an integral position within the judicial branch of government. The Clerk’s duties and responsibilities are fixed and regulated by the laws of Maryland and the Rules of Court. Maryland Code §2-201 delineates the following general duties of the Clerk of a Maryland circuit court:
- Have custody of the books, records, and papers of the office.
- Make proper legible entries of all proceedings of the court and keep them in well-bound books or other permanent form.
- When requested in writing to do so, record any paper filed with his/her office and required by law to be recorded in the appropriate place, whether or not the title to land is involved.
- Unless prohibited by law or order of the court, provide copies of records or papers in his/her custody to a person requesting a copy, under the seal of the court if required.
- Issue all writs which may legally be issued from the court.
- Deliver a full statement of the costs of a suit to a party requesting a copy.
- Receive all books, documents, public letters, and packages sent to him/her pursuant to law, and carefully dispose of them as the law requires.
- Administer an oath.
- Replace worn books and records with new ones.
- In conjunction with the Motor Vehicle Administrator, establish uniform procedures for reporting both traffic cases and criminal cases involving a motor vehicle in the Circuit Court to the Motor Vehicle Administration.
- Perform any other duty required by law or rule.
While the Clerk of the Court collects various filing and license fees and other funds, a significant portion of these funds is distributed to county or state government agencies.
The Clerk of the Court will assist litigants in filing legal documents, or other matters not requiring legal advice. However, no employee of the Clerk of the Court may provide legal advice; for legal advice, you must contact an attorney.