Elected by lawyers in 10th Commission District:
Cleopatra Campbell Anderson; James H. Clapp; P.
Paul Phillips; Tod P. Salisbury; Seymour B. Stern;
Lucien T. Winegar.
11 TH COMMISSION DISTRICT
Chairperson: Devin John Doolan
Appointed by Governor: Calvin H. Fitz, Jr.; Mary
Lou Fox; Esther Kominers; Miriam S. Raff;
Lawrence Rosenblum; Charles F. Wilding.
Elected by lawyers in 11th Commission District:
Thomas L. Heeney; Barry H. Helfand; William J.
Rowan III; Durke Glynn Thompson; Roger W.
Titus; Charles E. Wilson, Jr.
12TH COMMISSION DISTRICT
(Calvert, Charles & St. Mary's Counties)
Chairperson: John M. Sine
Appointed by Governor: James M. Banagan;
Samuel A. Bergin; Shirley E. Colleary; Albertine
Thomas Lancaster; Julie T. Mitchell; Dr. Sanford
Elected by lawyers in 12th Commission District:
Karen H. Abrams; David Harris Chapman;
Michael Andrew Genz; Thomas C. Hayden, Jr.;
David F. Jenny; Thomas Lainer Starkey.
13TH COMMISSION DISTRICT
(Prince George's County)
Chairperson: Thomas P. Smith
Appointed by Governor: Linda W. Botts; James T.
Culbreath; Otis Ducker; Annette Funn; Emory
Harman; Dorothy Troutman.
Elected by lawyers in 13th Commission District:
Edward P. Camus; Ralph W. Powers, Jr.; G.
Richard Colins, Jr.; Howard Edward Goldman;
Bruce Lawrence Marcus; Richard Harrison
14TH COMMISSION DISTRICT
Chairperson: Nelson I. Fishman
Appointed by Governor: Carolyn Colvin; John B.
Ferron; William L. Jews; Sally Michel; Rosetta
Stith; William H. C. Wilson.
Elected by lawyers in 14th Commission District:
Peter F. Axelrad; Paul D. Bekman; Louise Michaux
Gonzales; Paula M. Junghans; Theodore S. Miller;
Kenneth L. Thompson.
COMMISSION ON JUDICIAL
Richard P. Gilbert, Chief Judge, Court of Special
Appointed by Governor: George J. Helinski, 1988;
Martha Eleanor Church, Ph.D., 1989; Nathan
Patz, 1989; G. R. Hovey Johnson, 1991; Mary
Arabian, 1992; Charles O. Fisher, Sr., 1992.
Howard E. Wallin, Executive Secretary
University of Baltimore
1420 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21201 625-3086
The Commission on Judicial Disabilities was
established in 1966 by constitutional amendment
(Chapter 773, Acts of 1965; Const., Art. IV, sec.
4A). The Commission is empowered to investigate
complaints against members of the Maryland Judi-
ciary. It conducts hearings or takes informal action
as it deems necessary, provided that the judge in-
volved has been properly notified.
To determine whether to initiate formal pro-
ceedings, the Commission conducts a preliminary
investigation after which a hearing may be held
regarding the judge's alleged misconduct or disabil-
ity. If, as a result of these hearings, the Commission,
by majority vote, decides that a judge should be
retired, removed, censured, or publicly repri-
manded, it recommends that course of action to the
Court of Appeals. The Court of Appeals may order
a more severe discipline of the judge than the Com-
mission recommends. The Commission also has the
power, in limited situations, to issue a private repri-
The Commission's primary function is to receive,
investigate, and hear complaints against Maryland
judges. Formal complaints must be in writing and
notarized, but no particular form is required. Indi-
viduals also may write or call the Commission to
express dissatisfaction concerning the outcome of a
case or some judicial ruling.
The Commission also supplies judicial nominat-
ing commissions with confidential information con-
cerning reprimands to or pending charges against
those judges seeking nomination to judicial offices
(Md. Rule 1227).
The Commission consists of seven members ap-
pointed by the Governor. Members include four
judges presently serving on the bench, two mem-
bers of the bar who have been engaged in legal
practice for at least fifteen years, and one lay person
representing the public (Code Courts and Judicial
Proceedings Article, secs. 13-401 through 13-403;
Md. Rule 1227).