Who is Hassan Giordano? And what is the origin and meaning of the Circuit Court?
Below, find out more about Hassan Giordano, the city's leading candidate for Clerk of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. Also learn about the history of the Circuit Courthouses and how they came about in order to familiarize yourself with the importance of the role of the Clerk. 

Also, get to know the diverse team members that make up Team Giordano
Hassan Giordano is a 41-year old political analyst, community servant and proud father of three beautiful boys - Malik, Makil and Caleb. He is the author of several current local and state laws, including the right to vote for felons who have served their court-ordered sentence, known as the Voter Registration Protection of 2007. He was also the chief architect behind the two successful ballot initiatives that lowered the age requirement to run for city council in Baltimore City from twenty-years old to eighteeen years young in 2011, and the 2012 inclusion law that enabled independent and third-party voters to be appointed to local boards and commissions. His first piece of legislation authored and saw through to completion was his bill to create a Youth Baltimore City Council, known today as the Youth Commission. 

Hassan is a former Fox News correspondent, chairman of the NAACP Criminal Justice Committee, deputy Register of Wills for Baltimore City and the leading candidate for Clerk of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. If you would like to know more about the man most call #MrPolitics, please feel free to get to know him through this in-depth and thrilling video, highlighting how Hassan went from the streets to the suites, taking his penchant for public service from the corners of Charm City and using them to serve the communities of Baltimore.
The Circuit Court for Baltimore City is essentially made up of two facilities, the Clarence Mitchell Courthouse (West Courthouse) and the Old Post Office (East Courthouse). Both buildings are located on the 100 block of N. Calvert Street in downtown Baltimore, and the facilities that city residents report to for jury duty, visit when facing felony criminal charges, come to in order to file paperwork for various services, including civil cases, protective orders and custody cases, as well as being home to the city's Register of Wills offices.

Circuit Courts are the highest common law and equity courts of record exercising original jurisdiction within Maryland. Each has full common law and equity powers and jurisdiction in all civil and criminal cases within its county, and all the additional powers and jurisdiction conferred by the Maryland Constitution and by law, except where jurisdiction has been limited or conferred exclusively upon another tribunal by law.

As trial courts of general jurisdiction, Circuit Courts have very broad jurisdiction, generally covering major civil cases and more serious criminal matters. Circuit Courts also may decide appeals from the District Court of Maryland and certain administrative agencies. Circuit Courts originated in the colonial period as County Courts. In 1775, just before the Revolutionary War, their functions were suspended. After Maryland adopted its first State Constitution in 1776, the County Courts reopened and justices were appointed for every county in April 1777.

For the counties, the Circuit Courts were established to succeed the County Courts in 1851 (Constitution of 1851, Art. IV, secs. 8, 9). The present Baltimore City Circuit Court, however, evolved from a more complex judicial system. From 1789 to 1816, a court of oyer and terminer and gaol delivery heard criminal cases for Baltimore County (Chapter 1, Acts of November Session 1787; Chapter 50, Acts of 1791; Chapter 57, Acts of 1793). Its jurisdiction was redefined in 1797, 1798, and 1816 to cover a certain urban area set apart from Baltimore County, and it was renamed the Baltimore City Court (Chapter 121, Acts of 1797; Chapter 65, Acts of 1798; Chapter 193, Acts of 1816).

For Baltimore City, the Constitution of 1851 authorized four additional courts: the Circuit Court, the Court of Common Pleas, the Superior Court, and the Criminal Court (Art. IV, secs. 10-13). The Circuit Court of Baltimore City was established by statute in 1853 and further mandated by the Constitution of 1864 (Chapter 122, Acts of 1853; Art. IV, secs. 31, 35). The Constitution of 1867 authorized the Baltimore City Court (for civil proceedings) and placed all of these City courts under jurisdiction of the Supreme Bench of Baltimore City (Art. IV, secs. 27, 28). In 1888, Circuit Court no. 2 also was created under the Supreme Bench (Chapter 194, Acts of 1888).

By constitutional amendment, the six courts of the Supreme Bench were consolidated (Chapter 523, Acts of 1980, ratified Nov. 4, 1980). On January 1 1983, it became the Circuit Court for Baltimore City.

Team Giordano

  1. Arlisa Anderson
    Campaign Manager
  2. Joseph Kane
    Multi-Media Director
  3. Dwayne Sherrod
    Communications Director
  4. Jasmine Gibson
    Social Media Director
  5. Deborah Woolford
    Volunteer Coordinator
  6. Tim Wilson
    New Voter Director
  7. Barry Johnson
    Field Director
  8. Sean Winkler
    Finance Director
  9. Darius Hall
    Field Coordinator