Morrissey appointed chief judge of the District Court of Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Prince George’s County District Court Judge John P. Morrissey has been appointed chief judge of the District Court of Maryland.

Morrissey, 49, succeeds District Court Chief Judge Ben C. Clyburn, who will retire May 23 after nearly two decades.

As the administrative head of the statewide court, Morrissey will oversee the operations of 34 locations and nearly 2,000 employees, including 116 state judges. Morrissey will also manage the launch of the Maryland Electronic Courts initiative, which includes e-filing and other online capabilities, within the District Court system.

Morrissey will serve as a member of the judicial cabinet and the judicial council to advise Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera on policies affecting the judicial system. He will also serve on the Judiciary’s legislative committee and the Maryland Access to Justice Commission.

Since his appointment to the District Court in 2006, Morrissey has presided over domestic violence, criminal, motor vehicle, civil, landlord-tenant and bail review cases. He is a member of the Maryland Judicial Ethics Committee and the Maryland State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy. He also serves on several technology committees created to bring advanced technologies into the courts. He was named Judge of the Year for 2013-2014 by the Maryland State Bar Association Litigation Section.

A Washington, D.C. native, Morrissey has been a resident of Prince George’s County for more than 40 years. He graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law, where he served as editor-in-chief of the law review. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from James Madison University.

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