Wilson named First Circuit Administrative Judge
CAMBRIDGE — In the new year, the Honorable Brett W. Wilson, county administrative judge for Dorchester County, will begin his service as the administrative judge for the First Judicial Circuit, which includes Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties.
Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera made the announcement on Monday, Nov. 21.
The Honorable Daniel M. Long, currently serving as administrative judge for the First Judicial Circuit, will retire on Saturday, Dec. 31, and has asked that his successor be designated in order to effectuate a smooth transition.
“It has been an honor to have been able to serve my community and the people of Maryland as circuit administrative judge for the First Judicial Circuit for the past 20 years,” said Long, who was appointed to the Circuit Court for Somerset County in 1990, serving as county administrative judge from the time of his appointment. “I have had the privilege of working with Judge Wilson for more than 12 years. Judge Wilson is an excellent leader who brings ample, proven skills to this new role.”
Wilson was appointed to the Circuit Court for Dorchester County in June 2004 by then Gov. Robert Ehrlich, serving as county administrative judge from the time of his appointment.
Prior to his appointment, he served as standing master, now known as magistrate, for Domestic Relations and Juvenile Causes for the Dorchester County Circuit Court from 1996 until 2004.
He also practiced law in Wicomico and Caroline counties as assistant state’s attorney and senior assistant state’s attorney, respectively, and in private practice for many years.
He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1983, and was admitted to the Maryland Bar that same year.
In addition to his practice, Wilson has been an active member of the community, serving on several boards and councils, including the Dorchester County Drug and Alcohol Abuse Advisory Council, the Dorchester County Superintendent of Schools Advisory Board, the Mid-Shore Pro Bono Inc. Advisory Board, the Maryland Judicial Needs Assessment Workgroup and many more.
“I am honored that Chief Judge Barbera has confidence in me to the extent that she has entrusted me with this opportunity to serve,” Wilson said. “This is an exciting time for the judiciary, and I am gratified to have the chance to contribute to providing the highest standard of judicial services. It will be extremely difficult to fill Judge Long’s shoes, but I am looking forward to the challenge. He has set a wonderful example to follow.
“I have greatly enjoyed the opportunity to serve the people of Dorchester County, and now I welcome the opportunity to serve the residents of the other three lower shore counties.”
Circuit administrative judges generally are responsible for the administration of the courts within the judicial circuit. County administrative judges oversee the administration of the court, budget and procurement functions, and trial calendars to ensure the expeditious disposition of cases.
Duties of this new position for Wilson will include assisting and working closely with the county administrative judges for Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset counties, administering the Truancy Reduction Program, serving as the representative at the Conference of Circuit Court Judges, and acting as the liaison between the Maryland Judiciary and the courts of the First Judicial Circuit.
A high turnover of judges in the First Circuit is expected in the coming year due to impending retirements, and Wilson will have to exercise his leadership abilities to help incoming judges in their new role.
“We are grateful to Judge Long for his outstanding service as county and circuit administrative judge, demonstrated by his thoughtful and fair leadership, and for his commitment to justice,” Chief Judge Barbera said. “Judge Wilson brings leadership skills and management experience that will be invaluable as we move forward to ensure access to justice for the people of the Lower Eastern Shore and throughout Maryland.”
The Honorable Brett W. Wilson, County Administrative Judge for Dorchester County and the First Judicial Circuit of Maryland.