Queen Anne’s County Courthouse
As part of the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area, Queen Anne’s County is close to the excitement, entertainment and economic power of the nation’s capital and Maryland’s largest city. Due to the distance, however, Queen Anne’s County is a little quieter and calmer, with serene waterfront areas and a number of culturally significant locations throughout the county listed on the National Register of Historic Places. But it’s not always peaceful and quiet in Queen Anne’s County, and on occasion you may find yourself in a position where you need to defend yourself from criminal claims against you. If you do have criminal charges brought against you in Queen Anne’s County, you will likely be scheduled to appear at the county courthouse, located in Centreville.
The Courthouse in Queen Anne’s County
The Queen Anne’s County Circuit Court is located at 100 Court House Square, Centreville, MD, 21617. If you are driving to the courthouse in Queen Anne’s County, you should follow Route 213 North into Centreville; the courthouse’s address may not be recognized by your GPS, so setting the destination to the corner of Broadway and Commerce Street (Route 213) may be best. If you are driving from Baltimore, Annapolis, or areas in the western part of the state, take US-301 North toward Wilmington, then take Route 213 North. If you’re driving from the north or east, take US-896 and merge onto Route 301 South. Make a right onto Route 213 North and follow it into Centreville.
Although the Circuit Court for Queen Anne’s County does not have a parking lot on the premises, much public parking is available in the surrounding area of Centreville. On the streets surrounding the courthouse, there are two-hour metered spaces. You can find parking lots on Route 213 at the County Annex building, on Water Street near the post office, and behind the Goodwill Fire Co. All of these lots are free to the public.
If you need any information about the courthouse, you can call the primary Circuit Court of Queen Anne’s County number, 410-758-1773, or call the toll-free number, 800-987-7591. The Circuit Court of Queen Anne’s County is open between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Any email messages can be sent to [email protected]. However, you may find your efforts are more effective if you directly call a specific department. An online department directory is available here.
To ensure that your appearance at the Queen Anne’s County courthouse is as successful as possible, it is vital that you obey the court’s rules. One of the most common issues arises from Maryland Rule 16-110, which allows courthouses to restrict and regulate cell phone usage. In Queen Anne’s County, your cell phone and all other electronic devices must be completely turned off unless the judge has specifically instructed you otherwise. Additionally, in no circumstances is an electronic device allowed to be taken into the jury deliberation rule, and you may not take, record, or transmit any pictures or videos while inside the courthouse. Upon arriving, all devices are subject to inspection and possible confiscation by courthouse personnel.
It’s also wise to obey the instructions of your Queen Anne’s County criminal attorney. While you technically may defend yourself without the assistance of an attorney, having legal representation will prevent you from a variety of unfortunate situations, ranging from relatively minor mistakes of decorum to major opportunities for acquittal due to lack of evidence or other issues. An experienced Queen Anne’s criminal lawyer can help you avoid severe consequences so you can move on with your life (learn more).
If you’ve been charged with a crime in Queen Anne’s County, or if you have any questions about the county’s court system, call our office today for a free case consultation.