Baltimore Federal Court
The federal courthouse in Baltimore is where a number of federal felonies and misdemeanors are prosecuted. It is the home to a number of high-profile white-collar trials and cases, as well as many other kinds of federal prosecutions of federal crimes.
The Baltimore location of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland is home to a number of federal judges – both United States District Judges and United States Magistrate Judges. Both federal district court judges and federal magistrate judges have a role to play in any federal felony case.
In the federal court in Baltimore Maryland, U.S. Magistrate Judges have unique roles in criminal cases. In some federal courts, a federal magistrate judge will preside over all pretrial motions – a U.S. District Court judge will only preside over the trial and sentencing, if any, in a federal felony case. This is not how tasks are divided between federal district court judges and federal magistrate judges in the federal courthouse in Baltimore, however.
In the federal courthouse in Baltimore, the U.S. Magistrate Judges preside over the initial appearance of a person charged with a crime, the person’s hearing on whether they’ll be released before trial or not, and the person’s arraignment. Every other part of the case will be handled by a federal district court judge in the Baltimore federal courthouse. So, if a person is facing federal charges in the U.S. District Court in Baltimore, if the charge is a felony, almost every aspect of the case will be handled by a United States District Court Judge, and not by a United States Magistrate Judge.
The federal courthouse in Baltimore is close to the Inner Harbor and Camden Yards. It is across the street from the Baltimore Convention Center, and is very close to the main federal building in Baltimore.
Baltimore is the largest city in Maryland, and the federal courthouse in Baltimore is the largest federal court in the state of Maryland. More than six-hundred thousand people live in Baltimore, and almost three million people live in the greater Baltimore area.
The United States Attorney’s Office for Maryland is headquartered in Baltimore. It used to be that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Baltimore had its offices in the Baltimore federal courthouse – a few years ago, though, the U.S. Attorneys Office moved down the street, closer to the Baltimore Inner Harbor.
Baltimore has a very large office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which is housed in the old Customs House, a few blocks away from the federal court in Baltimore. Historically, Baltimore has been an important harbor, and the Customs house was built so that ships could dock right near the customs house and be inspected before unloading. Development in Baltimore’s inner harbor has made that process more challenging than it would have been in a bygone era.
The federal courthouse in downtown Baltimore is located on 101 West Lombard Street.