Court Administration

LOCATION:  North Tower 3rd Floor, Rm 3040

HOURS:  Monday-Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm

PHONE:  240-777-9100

General Duties

The Administrative Office of the Montgomery County Circuit Court serves as a conduit for many judicial and non-judicial operations of the court. The Court Administrator’s role is to facilitate the administrative responsibilities of the court and develop policies to enhance systems performance while maintaining the independence of the judiciary. The Circuit Court employs approximately 140 support staff in the following departments and divisions:

Judy Rupp, Court Administrator
Biography of Judy Rupp, Court Administrator

As Montgomery County Circuit Court Administrator, Judy Rupp facilitates the administrative responsibilities of the court and develops policies to enhance systems performance while maintaining the independence of the judiciary. In particular, as the Court Administrator of the most populous jurisdiction in the state, she ensures that the current and expanding court facility provides equal access to justice, and that sufficient resources are available to support the future needs of the court and its patrons. As part of the leadership team for Montgomery County Circuit Court, Ms. Rupp works collaboratively with the Administrative Judge and the Clerk of the Court, so that all functions of the court work efficiently and effectively for the residents of Montgomery County and the citizens of Maryland.

Ms. Rupp assumed her position as Montgomery County Circuit Court Administrator in December 2013. Prior to her employment with the Court, she directed technical and customer support operations of large law firms in the Washington Metropolitan area for nine years. Ms. Rupp developed business plans to support initiatives driven by the corporate mission, implemented various ways to measure the firms’ performance, and used feedback to identify best practices and apply them to policies and processes so that the business operates at an optimal level. She also worked for several firms in high-tech industry, leading a wide range of projects for 10 years. Ms. Rupp will apply this management experience to her role as Circuit Court Administrator. She values the importance of maintaining efficient court operations while simultaneously ensuring that the court is effective in providing every litigant with procedural justice, due process, and equal protection.

She is a member of the National Association of Court Management and the Mid-Atlantic Association for Court Management, and an Institute for Court Management Fellow at the National Center for State Courts. She received her bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Maryland.

Essential Responsibilities of Court Administration

Fiscal Administration - prepare and guide the court budgets through the local and state government review processes; administer the accounting, purchasing, payroll, and financial control functions of an approximately $14 million court budget; and processing and management of grants.

Human Resources – advertise, interview and select candidates to fill court vacancies; administer wage, salary, and performance appraisal systems; and counsel court employees and facilitate personnel matters for judicial staff. View the County's Career Opportunities at the Circuit Court.

Caseflow Management and Statistics - through data collection and analysis, evaluate pending caseloads, assist the Clerk of the Court in data validation, and develop systems that support effective case processing management. For more information, visit the Court’s Differentiated Case Management (DCM), and Quality Control pages.

Technology Management (Information Systems) - based on caseflow management assessment, evaluate opportunities for technologies that expand the capacity of the court system, including the use of personal computers to navigate on-line information systems; provision for the electronic transmission of and access to data, images, and other files in automated records management and retrieval systems; assessment of emerging technologies for video and telecommunications systems, multimedia tools for education, training, and information delivery; and other computer-assisted systems that can improve the performance of the court.

Information Management - monitor system performance to milestones established by the court, informing court system employees of events that are outside the performance measures established by the court, and trigger the appropriate means of intervention.

Jury Management - oversee the Court’s jury system to ensure efficient and cost-effective policies and procedures for managing juries. For more information, visit Montgomery County Circuit Court's Jury Office.

Space Management (Facilities) - manage physical space to assure access to all citizens, to provide adequate room for work and circulation, and to instill public confidence in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Intergovernmental Liaison - act as a liaison to other governmental agencies and departments to promote collaboration, integration of systems, and facilitation of change while maintaining the integrity of the court as a separate but equal branch of government.

Community Relations and Public Information - serve as a conduit for the release of information to the media and the public; collecting and publishing data on pending and completed judicial business and internal functions of the court system.

Emergency Preparedness – ensuring that leadership and governance as well as processes and protocols are in place to prevent or prepare for, respond to and recover from any threat, emergency, or disaster, to guarantee critical court operations can occur; ensuring that the courts have continuity of operations, with plans in place, in the event of a business interruption, or impact affecting court operations.

These essential responsibilities have been derived from The Court Administrator, A Manual, a publication of the National Association for Court Management.

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