Somerset County Courthouse
Brief Courthouse History
The first courthouse in Somerset County was located on the property of Randall Revell on the Manokin River, more than likely in a private residence, around 1670. In 1671, the Governor issued an order to address the fact that there was no “proper courthouse,” but there was some delay due to differences of opinion as to what should be the county seat. In 1675, 50 acres of land was designated to build a courthouse in a town that was to be called Ilchester, but it is a mystery as to whatever became of the courthouse there. In 1683, judgment records indicate a courthouse called Unity on the south side of the Manokin River, and other records indicate a courthouse at Dividing Creek in 1696. However, the first official courthouse was built in Princess Anne in 1747. This courthouse stood until 1831, when it was destroyed by fire, although all records were rescued. A second courthouse was constructed on the site of the first. The courthouse that exists today was completed in 1905.
The Circuit Court of Somerset County
Somerset County Circuit Court can be found at 30512 Prince William Street in Princess Anne, and those interested can reach them by phone at 410-621-7580. Daniel M. Long is the County and First Circuit Administrative Judge in Somerset County and was appointed by the Chief Judge, Court of Appeals. His term expires in 2023. I. Theodore Phoebus, an elected official, serves as Clerk of the Court. Court hours are from 8:30 AM until 4:30 PM. The Somerset County Circuit Court hears criminal cases where a jury trial is required or requested, as well as most felony criminal cases.
Somerset District Court
Somerset County District Court can be found at 12155 Elm Street, Suite C, Princess Anne, Maryland, and can be reached by phone at (410) 845-4700. M. Carol Llewellyn-Jones is the Administrative Clerk, appointed by the Chief Judge upon recommendation of the Administrative Judge. Kenneth L. Luck is the Administrative Commissioner. Court hours are from 8:30 AM until 4:30 PM. District Court hears most criminal cases, from traffic violations to misdemeanors, and even hears some felony cases.
Special Criminal Court Rules
All courts in Maryland restrict the use of electronic devices, including cell phones and laptops. All devices are subject to court personnel inspection. In some areas, the devices are not permitted at all, but court personnel establish methods to collect and return the devices outside those restricted areas. Electronic devices that disrupt or distract a proceeding are subject to confiscation. Jurors may not have electronic devices while in deliberation.
Directions and Parking
To get to Somerset County Courthouse, follow Ocean Highway (Route 13), turning left on Deal Island Road (Route 363). Take the first right onto Mansion Street and then the first left on Prince Williams Street. Somerset County Courthouse is on the left. Parking is available on both sides of Prince William Street, as well as Somerset Avenue. Take a left at the light at the corner of Prince William Street and Somerset Avenue, go around the block and there is parking behind the Courthouse on Church Street.
The Somerset County Courthouse has a long history in the county, and houses all facilities necessary to administer justice. For more information about the courts of Somerset County, or if you are in need of a criminal attorney in Somerset, contact us by phone or online today. If you or a loved one have been charged with driving under the influence (DUI) contact us soon because you only have 10 days from the date you were arrested to request an MVA hearing and prevent an otherwise automatic suspension of your driver’s license.