Judge Bell

Robert M. Bell, Chief Judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals, in his courtroom, where he and the other judges heard a case before their court. He will be retiring in July. (Barbara Haddock Taylor, Baltimore Sun / April 8, 2013)

In addition to holding the position of chief judge on the Maryland Court of Appeals, Robert M. Bell is the representative for the Baltimore City circuit.

Applications for the city seat are due May 1, and those who apply will be interviewed by bar groups and a judicial nominating commission. The commission will meet June 24 to produce a list of qualified applicants to be forwarded to Gov. Martin O'Malley. His appointment must be confirmed by the Maryland Senate.

O'Malley will also appoint a chief judge of the Court of Appeals. The appointment must be confirmed by the Senate.

Jean Marbella and Andrea Siegel