Maryland's Family Divisions: Sensible Justice for Families and Children

10 Pages Posted: 25 Sep 2013

See all articles by Barbara A. Babb

Barbara A. Babb

University of Baltimore - School of Law

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

In January 1998, the judges of the Court of Appeals of Maryland signed Rule 16-204 and formally launched the process of family justice system reform in Maryland. During the ensuing fifteen years, Maryland became a national model in this area. These changes and improvements occurred largely because of the inspirational leadership of Chief Judge Robert M. Bell, a man owed a debt of gratitude by everyone involved in family law proceedings, including families, children, attorneys, judges, court personnel, and services providers, among others.

This Tribute honors Chief Judge Bell by contextualizing the enormity of the process and outcomes resulting from his guidance and oversight. It will begin in Part I by identifying the causes underlying the impetus and need for family justice system reform in Maryland. Part II will explain what Maryland Rule 16-204 does, the process surrounding implementation of the rule, and the mechanism for continued oversight of the state's family justice system. Part III will then describe the impact of the reform effort. The Tribute will conclude with a glimpse into the future and likely evolutions affecting Maryland's family justice system.

Keywords: Chief Judge Robert M. Bell, family law, family justice system, Maryland Rule 16-204, Maryland Court of Appeals, legal reform, domestic relations law

JEL Classification: K19, K39, K49

Suggested Citation

Babb, Barbara A., Maryland's Family Divisions: Sensible Justice for Families and Children (2013). Maryland Law Review, Vol. 72, No. 4, 2013, pp. 1124-1132, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2329887 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2329887

Barbara A. Babb (Contact Author)

University of Baltimore - School of Law ( email )

1420 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
United States
410-837-5661 (Phone)
410-837-5737 (Fax)

Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Downloads
69
Abstract Views
661
rank
383,191
PlumX Metrics