BALTIMORE COUNTY — The Towson District Courthouse, located at 120 E. Chesapeake Avenue in Towson, will close at the end of the business day (4:30 p.m.) on Friday, January 3, 2020, and reopen on Monday, January 6, 2020, at its new temporary location at the new Catonsville District Courthouse, located at 1 Rolling Crossroads in Catonsville.
Towson District Court staff and operations will move to the new courthouse, due to HVAC system repairs, which are expected to take approximately six months.
“Towson District Court judges, staff, and visitors will start the year at a new location in Catonsville,” said Judge John P. Morrissey, Chief Judge of the District Court of Maryland. “The Maryland Judiciary is committed to making it a seamless transition with no disruption in services for court users. The temporary courthouse relocation ensures the safety and well-being of everyone while critical HVAC repairs are being made.”
All individuals that have business with the Towson District Courthouse should report to the new Catonsville District Courthouse beginning January 6, 2020. Signage has been placed in the current Towson District Courthouse to alert individuals of the upcoming location change. During the temporary move, all services provided at the Towson District Courthouse, including the commissioner’s office, will temporarily move to the new Catonsville District Courthouse.
Construction on the new Catonsville District Courthouse in Baltimore County is scheduled to be completed in early winter. The 130,000-square-foot facility, located on 5.9 acres in the Rolling Crossroads Professional Park, will have eight courtrooms. Convenient and free on-site parking is provided in an adjacent 425-vehicle parking garage. Additionally, the courthouse is accessible to commuters via Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) bus lines. For more information regarding bus routes and schedules, please visit the MTA website at https://www.mta.maryland.gov/schedule, or call the MTA at 410-539-5000.
“We are fortunate to have a new courthouse to operate from during the repair work taking place at the Towson District Courthouse,” said Baltimore County District Court Administrative Judge Dorothy Wilson. “It is important that employees, judges, and court visitors have a safe and secure environment for conducting the business of the court and hearing and processing cases.”
Baltimore County has three District Court locations (Catonsville, Essex, and Towson). The old Catonsville District Courthouse, located at 900 Walker Ave. in Catonsville, and the Essex District Courthouse, located at 8914 Kelso Dr. in Essex, will remain open and fully operational during the temporary relocation of the Towson District Courthouse to 1 Rolling Crossroad in Catonsville.
Between 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, and 7 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, commissioner services will only be available at the Essex District Courthouse (8914 Kelso Dr.) or the old Catonsville District Courthouse (900 Walker Ave.). Commissioner services include applications for public defender, petitions for domestic violence or peace orders, extreme risk protective orders, applications for charges, posting of bail, or any other matter for which a commissioner is needed. Beginning Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, these commissioner services will also be available at the new Catonsville District Court (1 Rolling Crossroad).
Upon completion of the HVAC repairs, Towson District Court staff and court services will move back to the Towson District Courthouse and resume normal operations.
The public can email the court with questions, comments, and concerns about the temporary relocation to firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition to courthouse signage, FAQ sheets and transportation guides will be made available at all Baltimore County District Courthouses. You can also find more information online at https://mdcourts.gov/district/about/move.
For more updates on the courthouse move, follow the Maryland Judiciary (@MDJudiciary) on Twitter.