Baynes named Ad­min­is­tra­tive Judge for the Sec­ond Ju­di­cial Cir­cuit

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AN­NAPO­LIS — Mary­land Court of Ap­peals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Bar­bera Sept. 28 an­nounced that Ce­cil County Ad­min­is­tra­tive Judge Keith A. Baynes will serve as the Ad­min­is­tra­tive Judge for the Sec­ond Ju­di­cial Cir­cuit, which con­sists of Caro­line, Ce­cil, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Tal­bot coun­ties. The des­ig­na­tion be­came ef­fec­tive Mon­day, Oct. 2, 2017. Baynes suc­ceeds Judge Thomas G. Ross, who is step­ping down af­ter serv­ing as Cir­cuit Ad­min­is­tra­tive Judge of the Sec­ond Ju­di­cial Cir­cuit for more than eight years. Ross will con­tinue to serve as County Ad­min­is­tra­tive Judge of the Cir­cuit Court for Queen Anne’s County.

Cir­cuit Ad­min­is­tra­tive Judges are re­spon­si­ble gen­er­ally for the ad­min­is­tra­tion of the courts within the ju­di­cial cir­cuit. County Ad­min­is­tra­tive Judges over­see the ad­min­is­tra­tion of the court, bud­get and pro­cure­ment func­tions, as well as trial cal­en­dars to en­sure the ex­pe­di­tious dis­po­si­tion of cases.

“We are grate­ful to Judge Ross for his ex­em­plary ser­vice both as a Cir­cuit Ad­min­is­tra­tive Judge and County Ad­min­is­tra­tive Judge for Queen Anne’s County Cir­cuit Court,” Chief Judge Bar­bera said. “Judge Ross is an ac­com­plished ju­rist and a highly re­spected leader within the Ju­di­ciary and in the com­mu­nity. He played an in­stru­men­tal role in the Up­per Shore’s suc­cess­ful launch of our Mary­land elec­tronic courts ini­tia­tive. Fur­ther, for many years, Judge Ross has ser ved as chair of the Ju­di­cial Coun­cil’s Al­ter­na­tive Dis­pute Res­o­lu­tion Com­mit­tee, which has been in­valu­able in ex­pand­ing and en­hanc­ing the use of ADR in Mary­land courts. His con­tri­bu­tions to im­prov­ing the ac­ces­si­bil­ity and qual­ity of jus­tice in Mary­land are sub­stan­tial and sig­nif­i­cant. Judge Baynes has demon­strated valu­able lead­er­ship and man­age­ment skills in Ce­cil County, and I am con­fi­dent that he will work just as dili­gently in this new role to meet the needs of the peo­ple served by the Sec­ond Ju­di­cial Cir­cuit.”

“I am honored that Chief Judge Bar­bera has the trust and con­fi­dence in me to serve as a Cir­cuit Ad­min­is­tra­tive Judge,” Baynes said. “I want to thank Judge Ross for the ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple he set in this role, and I look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to work with my fel­low judges and serve the peo­ple in this Cir­cuit.”

Baynes was ap­pointed to the Ce­cil County Cir­cuit Court on Jan­uary 21, 2011, and has served as the Ce­cil County Ad­min­is­tra­tive Judge since Jan­uary 1, 2014. Af­ter earn­ing a Bach­e­lor of Science in po­lit­i­cal science from St. Vin­cent Col­lege in 1976, he at­tended the Univer­sity of Bal­ti­more School of Law and earned his Ju­ris Doc­tor in 1979. Baynes was ad­mit­ted to the Mary­land Bar the same year. While at­tend­ing law school, he served as law clerk to Ce­cil County Cir­cuit Judge H. Ken­neth Mackey from 1976 to 1979. Prior to be­ing ap­pointed to the bench, Baynes served as an as­so­ciate at Eu­gene F. Her­man’s law firm from 1980 to 1982 and worked as a sole prac­ti­tioner from 1982 to 2011. Ad­di­tion­ally, he served as an As­sis­tant Pub­lic De­fender for Ce­cil County from 1980 to 1986 and as an As­sis­tant State’s At­tor­ney for the county from 1986 to 2011.

Baynes has served as pre­sid­ing judge over the Ce­cil County Cir­cuit Court Adult Drug Court pro­gram since Au­gust 2011. He is a mem­ber of the Ju­di­cial Coun­cil’s Court Tech­nol­ogy Com­mit­tee and the Ju­di­cial Coun­cil’s Spe­cialty Courts and Dock­ets Com­mit­tee. He also served on the Com­mit­tee on Prob­lem-Solv­ing Courts from 2012 to 2014. Ad­di­tion­ally, Baynes rep­re­sents the Sec­ond Ju­di­cial Cir­cuit on the Con­fer­ence of Cir­cuit Judges.

Ross was ap­pointed to the bench and named County Ad­min­is­tra­tive Judge for Queen Anne’s County on Jan. 9, 2004. He has served as Ad­min­is­tra­tive Judge for the Sec­ond Ju­di­cial Cir­cuit since April 7, 2009. In ad­di­tion to serv­ing as chair of the Ju­di­cial Coun­cil’s ADR com­mit­tee, he is also a mem­ber of the Con­fer­ence of Cir­cuit Judges.

“It has been an honor to serve the Sec­ond Ju­di­cial Cir­cuit and the State of Mary­land,” Ross said. “I am hum­bled by the op­por­tu­nity I have had to work with my col­leagues on the bench and hard­work­ing court staff through­out the Up­per Shore re­gion. Judge Baynes is an ex­cel­lent choice to lead this Cir­cuit be­cause of his tem­per­a­ment, in­tel­lect and work ethic.”

JUDGE KEITH A. BARNES

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