Judiciary Committee, Maryland House of Delegates

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The Judiciary Committee is a standing committee of the Maryland House of Delegates. Per House Rule 18, the committee is made up of 22 members.[1]

Per House Rule 17, committees in the Maryland House of Delegates are assigned by the Speaker of the House. Committees are appointed at the beginning of each session. The Speaker is also responsible for appointing chairs and vice chairs, and referring bills and resolutions to a committee. The House may suspend the rules to consider a bill or resolution without reference to a committee, provided that each member receives a copy. A member of a standing committee whose main function is to consider legislation may not serve as a member of another such standing committee.[2][3]

DocumentIcon.jpg See rules: The text of the House rules is not available electronically, but can be found in the print version of the House Journal. Rules 17, 18 and 33 have been reproduced for Ballotpedia by request, and can be found here. For more information, contact the Department of Legislative Services.


Origins of the Judiciary Committee trace first to the Committee on Aggrievances, which began in 1692, and then to the Committee on Aggrievances and Courts of Justice which functioned by 1722 in the Lower House of the General Assembly. By 1751, the Committee was styled the Committee on Grievances and Courts of Justice. Under that name, the Committee continued until 1852. Some of the Committee's legislative concerns had been assumed in 1828 by the Crimes and Punishments Committee, a standing committee established that year. Responsibilities of both these committees were assigned to the new Judiciary Committee in 1852, when the House of Delegates established the Standing Committee on Judiciary. At its first legislative session following ratification of the Constitution of 1851, the House formed the Judiciary Committee to consider laws relating to a court system, newly altered by Maryland's second constitution.

Today, the Committee still considers legislation relating to judicial administration and court structure. It also is concerned with administrative law; correctional facilities and services; criminal and civil laws, penalties, and procedures; family law; juvenile justice; and the legal profession; legal rights and immunities; jailable motor vehicle offenses; and trusts and estates.[1][4]


2015 legislative session

The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2015 legislative session.

Judiciary Members, 2015
Democratic members (13)Republican members (8)
Joseph Vallario, Jr., ChairJohn Cluster
Kathleen Dumais, Vice-ChairGlen Glass
Curt AndersonTrent Kittleman
Vanessa AtterbearyMichael Malone (Maryland)
Will CamposSusan McComas
Jill CarterNeil Parrott
Frank Conaway, Jr.Deb Rey
David MoonBrett Wilson
Marice I. Morales
Samuel Rosenberg
Will Smith (Maryland)
Charles E. Sydnor III
Geraldine Valentino-Smith


The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2011 legislative session.


The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2009 legislative session.

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Maryland State Archives, "Judiciary Committee - Origin & Functions," accessed January 22, 2014
  2. Maryland State Archives, "The Legislative Process: How a Bill Becomes a Law," accessed January 22, 2014
  3. Information submitted by legislative librarian Annette Haldeman via email to a Ballotpedia staffer on February 11, 2014.
  4. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.