Two new circuit administrative judges were appointed to oversee the day-to-day court functions in the city, Baltimore and Harford counties.

Baltimore County Circuit Judge Kathleen Gallogly Cox was appointed to the Third Judicial Circuit, which includes Baltimore and Harford counties, and Baltimore City Circuit Judge W. Michel Pierson was appointed to the Eighth Judicial Circuit, which includes Baltimore City.

Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera named the new circuit administrative judges which oversee the administration of the courts, budget and procurement functions, and trial calendars.

Cox's appointment was effective Aug. 27. She has been a county circuit court judge since 1999, and has been in charge of the juvenile court since 2001. She replaces Judge John Grason Turnbull II who retired in August, after serving as the circuit administrative judge since 2001.

Pierson's appointment is effective Dec. 1 after Judge Marcella A. Holland is scheduled to retire. Holland served as the circuit administrative judge since 2003.

Pierson was appointed to the city's circuit court in 2004, and has been judge-in-charge of the civil docket since 2009, and a judge in the court's Business and Technology Program since 2008.

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