Victim and Witness Information

Our office is making every effort to contact victims and witnesses in upcoming court cases scheduled in the District and Circuit Courts.  Due to COVID-19 many cases have been postponed, but as of 7/21/2020 limited court events are taking place.  If you believe you are a party in a case scheduled and are not sure if you need to appear, please contact us no later than one day prior to your court date to receive guidance regarding your appearance in court.  PLEASE READ THE REPORTING INSTRUCTIONS BELOW CAREFULLY.  

Criminal Circuit Court

If you are summoned for a criminal case in the Circuit Court, you should report to the Office of the State’s Attorney, 20 W. Courtland Street, Bel Air, no later than 8:30 a.m. unless your subpoena or an Assistant States Attorney has instructed you otherwise. Witness instructions for the next business day’s docket may be found HERE

There is a parking pass attached to the bottom of your subpoena. Please place the pass in your windshield and park in the designated location. There are a limited number of handicapped parking spaces available in front of the courthouse on Courtland Street. If you need special accommodations or are unable to secure transportation to court please contact the Victim/Witness Unit at (410) 638-3243.

A neat appearance, being on time and proper dress in court are important. Please avoid wearing clothing with rips or holes, sleeveless or crop tops, exercise attire, t-shirts, shorts or cutoffs, hats, or anything too tight or revealing.

Devices must be turned off while inside a courtroom. Devices are not permitted to take or record photographs, video or other audio/visual images in a court facility. Any persons found in violation of electronic device restrictions shall be subject to confiscation of the device, a fine, or incarceration at the discretion of the presiding Judge of this court.

Juvenile & Criminal District Court

All witnesses in Juvenile and District Court criminal matters are expected to report according to the instructions printed on their subpoena unless an Assistant States Attorney has instructed you otherwise.

Closings and Delays

Information regarding weather or emergency related court closings and delays can be found HERE. Court designated holiday closings are listed HERE

Daily Witness Reporting Information

Information on this page will be updated by 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday.

If this site is not updated for the next business day, please call 410-638-3243 to hear a recorded message for the next business day’s Circuit Court reporting instructions.

The following instructions apply to persons summoned by the State’s Attorney’s Office for criminal cases in the Circuit Court on Wednesday, October 28, 2020.


Witnesses and victims do not need to appear if they were summoned for the following case(s).

State v   Jabreel Samuels case # C-12-CR-19-001328

Witnesses and Victims in the following case(s) are placed on Standby* and should call the Victim/Witness unit by 8:30 a.m. at 410-638-3243, ext. 2 or ext. 3 to leave a number where you can be reached when and if you are needed. You may also leave your contact information in the Daily Witness Standby Information Form below.

State v   Christopher Woods, Raymond Dawkins, Rodney Gainey & Jabreel Samuels case # C-12-CR-20-000328

For State v                , we need                  to report at 8:30 a.m., and all other witnesses for this case are placed on Standby.

*Standby: We place witnesses on standby as a courtesy so that they may wait at home or work while cases are worked out and prioritized. Witnesses often do not have to report to court when they are placed on standby. If a witness is needed they will be given sufficient time to report to court.

Daily Witness Standby
Information Form

Case # C-12-CR

Witnesses and victims in the following case(s) should report to the Office of the State’s Attorney, in the Circuit Courthouse at 20 W. Courtland Street, Bel Air by 8:30 a.m.

State v  N/A

Witnesses and victims in the following case(s) should report as instructed to the Office of the State’s Attorney, in the Circuit Courthouse at 20 W. Courtland Street, Bel Air.

State v   N/A

If your case is not mentioned, please call the office before coming to court. The office hours are Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm. If you have any questions you may call during that time at (410)638-3500.