Wil­son named First Cir­cuit Ad­min­is­tra­tive Judge

Dorchester Star - - Regional - By VIC­TO­RIA WINGATE vwingate@ches­pub.com Fol­low me on Twit­ter @vic­to­ri­adorstar and on In­sta­gram@dorch­ester.star.

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.

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