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Differentiated Case Management (DCM)

Rick Dabbs
DCM Coordinator

Location, Phone, Hours of Operation
Location: Montgomery County Circuit Court
North Tower 3rd floor, Rm 3121
Phone: (240) 777-9358
Hours of Operation: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm


What is DCM?

Differentiated Case Management (DCM) emerged as a best practice for courts in the early 1990s concurrent with the development of time standards for the resolution of cases by organizations such as the American Bar Association (ABA). DCM provides a structured and active approach to caseload management to drive the early and appropriate resolution of the 90 percent or more cases not requiring a trial, while preserving adjudication time and court and public resources for those cases that do require a trial.

DCM is characterized by the early differentiation of cases entering the justice system in terms of the nature and extent of judicial/justice system resources they will require. Each case is assigned to the appropriate case track that allows for the performance of pretrial tasks and allocates the appropriate level of judicial and other system resources, minimizing processing delays. Established mechanisms avoid multiple court appearances and assure the timely provision of resources for the expeditious processing and resolution of cases on each track.

Type of Cases

The majority of cases filed in Montgomery County Circuit Court are categorized as Criminal, Civil, Family, or Juvenile cases. The DCM plans for Criminal, Civil, Family and Juvenile, listed below, provide insight into the caseload management system for the Montgomery County Circuit Court. The processing of each case type and the assignment of cases to a specific “Track” are solely within the discretion of the Administrative Judge.

Every effort will be made to update the DCM plans to reflect legislative, rule, and policy changes. Any questions regarding the Court’s Differentiated Case Management plans, track assignments, or the policies and procedures contained within the plan, should be directed to the DCM Coordinator, Rick Dabbs, at 240-777-9358.

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Montgomery County Circuit Court
50 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, Maryland 20850
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM