We strive to create a more equitable and efficient
criminal justice system.
Council was formed in January of 1999 by key criminal justice stakeholders
to address systemic problems and issues affecting criminal justice
in Baltimore City. In April of 1999, the Council
appointed a part-time Project Coordinator to direct its mission and
to identify areas of possible reform. The initial focus was to
expedite criminal cases processing by coordinating the efforts of criminal
justice system participants. To formalize the ad hoc group, a Memorandum
of Understanding (MOU) was signed by the respective agencies in August
2001. This set forth the Council’s purpose and identified the
composition of its membership; additionally, the responsibilities of
its Executive Director were defined, to whom authority was given to
adopt Action Plans and prepare an Annual Report.
From September 1999 to November
2001, the Council was chaired by Judge David B. Mitchell. In September
2001, the Council held its first retreat to develop formal mission and
vision statements and to identify present and future Council goals. Strategic
focus areas and subsequent performance measures were developed to further
compliment implementation and evaluation of prior/on-going, new and
In November 2001, Judge Stuart
R. Berger assumed the role of Chairman of the Council by virtue of his
role as the Judge-In-Charge of the Criminal Docket, replacing Judge
Mitchell, who resigned to pursue other career goals. Under Judge
tenure, the Council reorganized its method of addressing the critical
issues affecting criminal justice in Baltimore City. In addition
to conducting monthly meetings, the Council decided to create various
subcommittees to discuss and develop an action plan for the significant
issues the Council was addressing.
In January 2003, Judge John M. Glynn became the
Judge-In-Charge of the Criminal Docket until January 2008. Under Judge Glynn's tenure, the Council contributed to numberous projects and developed several subcommittees to address various criminal justice issues in Baltimore City.
In January 2008, Judge John Philip Miller became the Judge-in-Charge of the Criminal Docket and assumed the role of Chairman of the Council. The Council was expanded to include the Secretary of the Department of Juvenile Services as a member, and an organizational protocol for the CJCC was also developed during Judge Miller's tenure.
In January 2010, Judge M. Brooke Murdock became the Judge-in-Charge of the Criminal Docket and thus assumed the role of Chair of the Council. Under her leadership, the Post-Arrest Practices Committee was created to study and address issues regarding bail, pretrial release and other post-arrest concerns, and several key technology projects were funded by the Council which have improved connectivity for all of the members who utilize the CJCC fiber.
In January 2012, Judge Barry G. Williams became the Judge-in-Charge
of the Criminal Docket and at the same time, he assumed the role of
Chair of the Council. Under his leadership in July 2013, the Mental
Health Committee was created to address issues relating to mentally ill defendants in the District and Circuit Court, and to provide a forum
to collaboratively address warrant, assessment, prompt admission and
return, and emergency petition issues. Several key technology
projects were also funded by the Council under his tenure which have
improved connectivity for all of the members who utilize the CJCC
In January 2015, Judge Charles Peters became the Judge-in-Charge
of the Criminal Docket and assumed the role of Chair of the Council.
Currently, under his leadership, the Criminal Justice Coordinating
Council continues to make significant progress in accomplishing its