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Judge W. Michel Pierson
Administrative Judge

Welcome to the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. The Judges of our Bench and our entire courthouse family have compiled this information so that you may learn more about the court and better understand its process and procedures.  The Web Page is also designed to make the Court more accessible to those who need its services.  

The Circuit Court for Baltimore City is a State trial court of unlimited jurisdiction. It handles all types of cases and is divided into four main divisions: Family, Juvenile, Criminal, and Civil. The Family Division hears cases pertaining to divorce, custody and child support and the Juvenile Docket handles delinquency cases, child in need of assistance cases, and those involving the termination of parental rights. The type of cases on our Civil Docket also go across a broad spectrum and include motor torts, workers compensation appeals, medical malpractice cases, lead paint cases, asbestos litigation and those involving business and commercial matters. Likewise, the Criminal Docket cases range from drug and property crimes such as burglaries, breakings and enterings and robberies to those involving shootings and homicides. Additional information regarding these dockets may be obtained by clicking on the particular division.