COMMISSION ON THE FUTURE OF MARYLAND COURTS

James J. Cromwell, Esq., Chair (chosen by Commission)

Appointed by Governor: Eleanor M. Carey, Esq.; William E. Hanna, Jr.; John W. Hardwicke, Esq.; LaMont W. Flanagan, Esq.; George McQuade Lipman, Esq.; Charles F. Mades; Catherine McCullough Shultz, Esq.; Stuart O. Simms; William H. Stagg; Frank R. Weathersbee, Esq.; Lois Y. Whitaker.

Appointed by Chief Judge, Court of Appeals: P. Dennis Belman, Esq.; James J. Cromwell, Esq.; Vivian Jenkins; Joseph H. H. Kaplan; Norman J. Moore; Theresa A. Nolan; Dana C. Petersen, Esq.; George B. Riggin, Jr., Esq.; Robert F. Sweeney; Edward L. Utz; Paul H. Weinstein; Alan M. Wilner.

Appointed by Senate President: F. Vernon Boozer; Ralph M. Hughes; Ida G. Ruben; Norman R. Stone, Jr.

Appointed by House Speaker: Rushern L. Baker III; Thomas E. Dewberry; Richard La Vay; Mary Louise Preis.

Contact: Albert Winchester III

P. O. Box 49
196 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis, MD 21404 - 0049
(410) 269-6465; fax: (410) 974-8244

The Commission on the Future of Maryland Courts was established in 1995 (Chapter 561, Acts of 1995). The Commission studied ways to coordinate and promote fair and efficient criminal justice and public safety systems. It recommended innovative mechanisms to deal with crimes by juveniles and promptly resolve domestic cases by court-related social services to families and children. To reduce costs and improve efficiency, the Commission considered modern court administration. In addition, the Commission recommended ways to ensure the fair selection and evaluation of judges, prosecutors, clerks, and other justice system officials; protect the jury system and preserve its independence; and adequately fund the court system and its agencies.

On January 18, 1996, an interim report was submitted to the Governor. On December 15, 1996, the Commission submitted its final report to the Governor and General Assembly. Authorization for the Commission ended January 1997 (Code Courts and Judicial Proceedings Article, secs. 13-701 through 13-707).

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