Legal

Caroline County Department of Juvenile Services

410-819-6556

410-819-6559

317 Carter Avenue, Ste. 105, Denton, MD 21629

The Department of Juvenile Services (DJS) is an executive agency whose primary task is to appropriately manage, supervise, and treat youth who are involved in the juvenile justice system in Maryland.The Department of Juvenile Services is involved in nearly every stage of the juvenile justice process from the moment a youth is brought into a juvenile intake center by the police or as a result of a citizen complaint to the time when a youth returns to the community after completing treatment.

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Hours of Operation

Mon -Fri 8 AM-5 PM

Caroline County Commissioners

410-479-0660

410-479-4060

Caroline County Courthouse, 109 Market Street Rm. 123, Denton, MD 21629

Caroline County is governed by a three member Board of County Commissioners, which fulfills both legislative and executive functions. The basic duties and responsibilities of the County Commissioners are: – Enact County laws and establish County policies – Decide what taxes are charged and set the rate – Set the County operating and capital budgets – Oversee the management of County departments and operations – Approve contracts and agreements – Promote welfare of Caroline County – Submit proposed changes of state law to the Maryland General AssemblyThe Commissioner hold meeting on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. Work Sessions are held the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month at 9:00 a.m. Meetings are sometimes cancelled due to holidays or other circumstances, so please check the schedule to confirm the meeting. Meetings are held at the Caroline County Courthouse, 109 Market Street, Room 106, Denton, Maryland. There may be occasional advertised “on-the-road” meetings around the county, so check the schedule to confirm location. Open meetings are an important part of the democratic process. The commissioners meetings are where all important decisions regarding your local government are made – from adopting new legislation to setting the budget. All residents are encouraged to attend Commissioners meetings.To facilitate citizen participation, there are open public comment periods at the beginning and end of each Commissioners meeting. However, most citizen concerns can be resolved without attending a meeting. If you have a question or concern, we encourage you to fill out this form or call out office at 410-479-0660. Our staff is committed to exceptional constituent services and will follow up with you within one business day.

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Caroline County Law Library

410-479-2303

410-479-4063

Circuit Court House, 109 Market Street, Room 200, Denton, MD 21629

Call the Judge’s Chambers at 410-479-2303 for an appointment to gain access to the library. Photocopies: No copier; printer availableComputers: The library has one public computer with internet access and Westlaw Patron Access.

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Hours of Operation

Mon-Fri, 8:30am-4:30pm by appointment

Family Law Legal Clinic

410-479-1811

410-479-4072

Meet with a lawyer for legal advice concerning Family Law cases: custody, divorce, visitation, child support, name change, etc. Free Family Law legal clinics are held in every jurisdiction in Maryland. Call respective circuit courts for hours and locations, current clinic is Mondays, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

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Eligibility

Any civil domestic case file in Maryland; no restrictions concerning income or residency.

Hours of Operation

Mondays, 9:00 AM — 12:00 noon at Circuit Courthouse in Denton; 3rd Thursday of the month, 6:00 — 7:30 at Central Branch of Caroline County Public Library in Denton; first come, first served

Fees

Free

Mid-Shore Pro Bono

410-690-8128

8 S. West Street, Easton, MD 21601

Mid-Shore Pro Bono connects low income individuals and families who need civil legal services with volunteer attorneys and community resources.

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Service

Offers pro bono (free) legal assistance to income qualified individuals in civil legal matters. Examples of legal issues they can assist with include family law, bankruptcy and debt, small claims, advanced medical directives, wills or probate, landlord-tenant disputes, divorce, and guardianship. Mid-Shore Pro Bono does not handle criminal cases, traffic cases or appeals. Mid-Shore Pro Bono offers a number of programs dedicated to dispute and conflict resolution which include: Free Civil Legal Clinics, Lawyer Referral, Community Conferencing, Foreclosure Prevention, Bankruptcy Clinic, Collaborative Practice for Family Law Disputes, Consumer Protection. Clients should call our office at 410-690-8128 to determine eligibility for one of our programs.

Hours of Operation

Mon-Fri. 9:30 AM-4:00pm Online intake via website

Areas Served

Caroline, Talbot, Kent, Dorchester, and Queen Anne Counties

Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence

410-690-3222 or 1-800-927-4673 (24-hour hotline)

8626 Brooks Drive, Easton, MD 21601

To eliminate domestic violence through intervention and prevention by providing shelter, counseling and advocacy to those on the mid shore, and by changing society’s attitudes and systems which permit and promote such violence against women, men, and their families.

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Service

Provides a variety of services to victims of domestic abuse. These include a 24 hour hotline, crisis intervention at hospitals and police stations, counseling and support, a shelter, assistance with legal proceedings, information and referrals, outreach and assistance for Spanish speaking victims, transitional assistance, intervention and prevention to community, and prevention education in the schools. Speakers are available for community education and training. There is an Abuser Intervention Program. Volunteers accepted. Cell phone donations are accepted.

Eligibility

Victims/families involved in domestic violence situations. The Abuser Intervention Program for individuals who display abusive behavior within the family.

Hours of Operation

8:30 – 4:30 & 24-hour hotline

Fees

Services are free for victims.

Areas Served

Caroline, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Dorchester, and Talbot Counties

People’s Law Library

410-260-1392

Maryland’s Peoples Law Library (PLL) is a legal information and self-help website maintained by the Maryland State Law Library, a court-related agency of the Maryland Judiciary, and supported by Maryland’s non-profit legal services providers.

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Service

Provides self-represented litigants in Maryland state courts with information about the law, including summaries of the law, links to primary and secondary legal sources and referrals for legal services. The site gives the highest priority to selecting for content development topics that closely relate to civil case types most frequently handled in Maryland state courts by self-represented parties. We provide information on Maryland and federal law affecting Marylanders and their families in a number of topics, including housing, family law, domestic violence, consumer law, and state and federal benefit programs. There is also a directory of legal service organizations and links to websites of legal providers that may be able to assist you in resolving your matter. In addition, site staff maintains a calendar of events for the general public who need legal information.

Hours of Operation

Mon – Fri 8:30am – 8:00pm

Office of the Public Defender for Caroline County

410-479-5756

410-479-5715

P.O. Box 159, Denton, MD 21629

The mission of the Office of the Public Defender (OPD) is to provide superior legal representation to indigent defendants in the State of Maryland by safeguarding fundamental individual rights and ensuring access to the guaranteed protections afforded by the United States Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Maryland Constitution and Declaration of Rights, and the laws of Maryland.

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Service

The Office of the Public Defender handles any criminal case carrying a possible jail sentence or a fine of more than $500.You must apply at least ten (10) working days prior to your trial date. You may apply at most OPD Offices, not just the County where you will go to court.You will be interviewed by an Intake Specialist, complete a written application, and be asked to provide information about your income and assets.

Eligibility

Eligibility for Public Defender services is determined by comparing your financial condition to the Federal Poverty Guidelines. You will be advised after the application process whether you qualify for Public Defender services or not.

Hours of Operation

Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-4:30 PM

Maryland Office of the Attorney General, Consumer Protection Division, Eastern Shore Office

410-713-3620

201 Baptist Street, Suite 30, Salisbury, MD 21801

Provides mediation services to consumers to help resolve complaints against businesses and health insurance carriers. The Division can also provide information about complaints that have been filed against businesses, tell you if your health club is properly registered, and provide publications to help you make good decisions in the marketplace. The Division also brings law enforcement actions against businesses that harm large numbers of Maryland consumers through unfair and deceptive practices.Consumer Hotline: 410-528-8662, En español 410-230-1712, 888-743-0023 toll-freeMedical Billing/Health Insurance Problems: 877-261-8807 toll-free ​​​​​

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Hours of Operation

Mon.-Fri. 8:30AM-4:30PM

Maryland Legal Aid

410-763-9676 or 1-800-477-2543

To serve the legal needs of people with limited income in civil matters

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Service

Broad range of free legal services, including legal advice, brief legal assistance, information and referrals, community education and outreach, negotiation and representation in litigation for problems such as housing, health care, government benefits, family, child advocacy, consumer, education and employment issuesMaryland Legal Aid’s general practice covers a wide range of issues including housing, family law, employment, health care, public benefits, and consumer/financial issues. Some offices have special contracts to represent abused and neglected children, clients who are facing legal issues resulting from a diagnosis of HIV/AIDS, migrant farmworkers, and clients in danger of losing their home to foreclosure.

Eligibility

Contact the office to go through the eligibility process.

Fees

There are no fees for eligible customers.

Areas Served

The Upper Eastern Shore Office serves Queen Anne’s, Caroline, Kent & Talbot Counties.