The House of Delegates and the Senate approved Senate Bill 239 and House Bill 83 127-6 in February, proposing to add two judges to Maryland’s Court of Special Appeals. Currently there are 13 members of the intermediate appellate court. Chief Judge Peter B. Krauser has stated that these members “have a daunting caseload.” Krauser believes that the increase of judges will place the court in a “better position to handle [the] caseload.”
The appellate court has had 13 judges since 1977, and the caseload has increased from 115 to 157 cases per year. The approved measure will also add one judge to each Circuit Court in Calvert, Carroll, Cecil, Frederick and Wicomico counties. In addition, the same bill will add four judges to Maryland’s District Court, one each in Montgomery, Prince Georges, Charles County and Baltimore City. If Gov. Martin O’Malley signs this measure, the law will go into effect on July 1, 2013.