Tuesday, October 25, 2016
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The Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County will be closed on Monday, September 5, 2016 in observance of Labor Day.


The Clerk's Office

The courthouse is open from 8 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. Please see department listings in the menu below for each department's hours of operation. For information on getting here and parking, please visit our Directions/Parking Page.

The Anne Arundel County Courthouse is the third oldest courthouse still in use in Maryland.  Begun in 1821 and completed in 1824, the earliest portion of the courthouse was built to provide a safe repository for County records and meeting rooms for the County Court and its officials, a use that has continued to this day.   The changing needs of government and evolution of the court system, necessitated several building campaigns, first in 1892-95, then in 1923-24, 1939 and 1949-52, and finally in 1994-2000, with construction of the recent addition.

Inclement Weather Closures

Closures or delays due to inclement weather will be posted at the above link and via Twitter @ClerkAA and on our Facebook page.

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Weddings & Civil Ceremonies

Civil Ceremonies are performed in the historic courthouse Wedding Chapel from 9:00 am to 12 Noon and from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. No appointments are necessary.

The Wedding Chapel will accommodate approximately 30 guests. For information on obtaining a marriage license, please visit our Marriage License Pages.



Maryland Electronic Courts



MDEC Support:​

Attorneys with e-filing questions, please contact the Tyler File & Serve Help Desk at 800.297.5377 Monday-Friday, 8 am to 8 pm. You can also email questions to ​efilinginfo@mdcourts.gov.

Technical issues with e-filing: Go to Tyler Technologies Support on the Maryland Odyssey File and Serve site: ​ http://content.tylerhost.net/helpmd/selfhelp/national/

The Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County is the first circuit court site for MDEC: Maryland Electronic Courts. To learn more about MDEC, visit the Maryland Judiciary web site: http://mdcourts.gov/mdec/index.html

MDEC launched in Anne Arundel County on October 14. That date marked the beginning of mandatory e-filing for attorneys filing in Anne Arundel County (non-criminal pleadings). This includes the District and Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County as well as any appellate proceedings arising from an Anne Arundel County case on or after October 14, 2014.

Attorneys must file electronically or their filings will be returned.

What is MDEC?

The Maryland Electronic Courts (MDEC) project will create a single Judiciary-wide integrated case management system that will be used by all the courts in the state court system. Courts will collect, store and process records electronically, and will be able to instantly access complete records as cases travel from District Court to Circuit Court and on to the appellate courts. The new system will ultimately become “paper-on-demand,” that is, paper records will be available when specifically requested.

Services & Departments:

The Clerk's Office provides both judicial and non-judicial services. Our judicial departments include Civil, Family, Juvenile, Criminal and Courtroom Clerks. Our non-judicial services include License (business & marriage), Land Records, Notary and Passport Services.

Clerk of the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County


Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County (C) Jason Caton Photography

The Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court is a public institution rich in tradition and history of the State of Maryland. 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.The duties of the judges at the state trial court level were so compelling that the Clerk's Office was established as an independent keeper of the records and to maintain the integrity of the records in a safe and impartial manner; and in doing so, to serve the people.  The Clerk of the Circuit Court is an elected Constitutional officer of the State of Maryland.

We hope that you experience excellent customer service from the Clerk's Office.  If you have a comment about your service, please let me know by mailing to the address below.

Thank you for your interest in the Clerk's Office.  If we may help you, please call or visit us soon.

Robert P. Duckworth, Clerk

To contact us:

Robert P. Duckworth, Clerk
Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County
ATTN: Department Name
8 Church Circle
Annapolis, Maryland 21401



The Clerk's Office is located in the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County, 8 Church Circle, Annapolis, MD.  Please note: Google currently does not have the proper location on Google Maps. The closest location can be found here: http://goo.gl/maps/AShO


Parking information is subject to change.  Please verify parking restrictions and policies with the City of Annapolis. The following information is from: http://www.ci.annapolis.md.us (this will open in a new window). The City of Annapolis wants your visit to be a pleasant one. The best way to enjoy Annapolis is on foot. However, drivers heading downtown may choose to park at metered spots, in lots or in garages. Average garage parking rates are $1.25 per hour.  Only $1.00 per hour for Knighton Garage on the corner of Colonial Drive and West Street.

For a downloadable map of Annapolis, go to Visit Annapolis.


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The Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court is prohibited by law from rendering legal advice, restating the law or recommending specific ways to pursue legal action. Nothing on this web site is intended to advise anyone as to legal remedies for a particular circumstance.  
Although we cannot recommend a specific attorney, you may contact the Attorney Referral Service at 410-280-6961 or for certain types of cases use the Ask a Lawyer Service.