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ROCKVILLE – A second teenager charged in an alleged Damascus High School rape case will be tried in juvenile court following a Montgomery County Circuit Court judge’s ruling on Feb. 22. A defendant becomes a respondent once his case is entered into the juvenile court system. Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Steven Salant said the […]

County residents will have a new judge serving on their circuit as local attorney Christopher Curtis Fogleman takes the bench on Jan 25. “I’m very excited about this opportunity and very humbled and honored by the appointment,” Fogleman, 59, said in a phone interview. “It’s a privilege to be able to have the opportunity to […]

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ROCKVILLE — It was a legal proceeding somewhere out of the Twilight Zone. Judges in their black robes wearing plastic crowns, blowing bubbles, and a woman in a pink fairy costume surrounded by balloons, facepaint and presents – all for scheduled legal proceedings at the Montgomery County Circuit Court. On Adoption Day, judges and clerks […]

Clerk of the Circuit Court Barbara Meiklejohn. COURTESY PHOTOClerk of the Circuit Court Barbara Meiklejohn hopes voters will grant her a second term to work on some unfinished business.

“There’s things that haven’t been finished yet…I’d like to have a part in making sure they get completed,” she said.

Meiklejohn, 61, who won her first term in 2014 – but has worked in county courts since 1975 – is building her campaign around Maryland’s electronic court filing system.

Alan Bowser Photo provided by Alan BowserCiting a need “to bring more accountability, transparency, diversity, and representation to the courthouse,” Silver Spring resident Alan Bowser has launched his second bid to become the first person of color to be elected Clerk of the Circuit Court in Montgomery County.

“There’s never been a representative of color in the leadership of the courthouse, that could be 242 years in the County’s history,” he said. “Our goal is to open up the courthouse to different voices and bring people with different ideas and complexions to the table.” 

Bowser, 65, a Democrat and attorney in the County since 1995, also ran for the Clerk’s office in 2014. The reason he is challenging incumbent Barbara Meiklejohn, he explained, is because the courthouse does not currently represent the community it serves; if elected he will look to maintain a high standard of professionalism and performance among the court’s staff.