Court Administration

The Honorable DaNeeka Varner Cotton serves as Administrative Judge for the 7th Circuit and for the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, Maryland.

The Court Administrative Office supports the work of the judiciary through employees responsible for the daily operations and administrative functions of the Circuit Court. The court is made up of the following distinguished persons:


  • Administrative Judge
    The Honorable DaNeeka Varner Cotton 
  • Court Administrator
    Charleston L. Carter  
  • Deputy Court Administrator
     Erica M. Payne-Santiago
  • ADA Compliance Officers
    LaCresha R. Buchanan
  • Bailiffs
     Aubrey A. Curry, Chief
  • Court Reporters
    Tara Newman, Chief
  • Calendar Management
     Bridget Gazelle, Director
  • Family Division
    Melinda L. Jackson, Director
  • Fiscal Manager
    Gregory McCain
  • Human Resources 
    LaCresha Buchanan, Director
  • Information Technology
    Harold E. Russell, III, Director 
  • Law Library
    Tonya E. Baroudi, Director
  • Problem Solving Courts
    Julisa Cunningham, Director