Frederick County Circuit Court Associate Judge William R. Nicklas Jr. is set to retire in August, according to a source who works inside Frederick County’s judiciary system.
Nicklas was appointed to the Frederick Circuit Court in December 2011 by former Gov. Martin O’Malley (D).
Running unopposed in a nonpartisan election, Nicklas was elected to a full 15-year term in November 2012. His term is set to expire in 2027.
The Maryland Constitution forces all judges to retire by age 70 mandatorily.
William Nicklas’ Notable Cases
- Judge Nicklas presided over a case involving Narcanon attempting to open a rehabilitation facility at Trout Run.
- In 2019, Nicklas presided over a rape and sexaul assault case involving Dr. Ernesto Torres.
- And most recently, Nicklas ruled that the 15-year-old responsible for murdering John Weed is to be tried as a juvenile.
How are Maryland judges selected and appointed to the bench?
Maryland judges are vetted and appointed through the state’s judicial nominating commissions.
The commission sends three names to the governor for an appointment, and the governor subsequently selects from the commissions’ list of names.
In the following election cycle, the appointee is up for election in a countywide race. There is no opportunity for public comment during commission meetings.
Who serves on Maryland’s Judicial Commission District 6 (Frederick County)?
Ms. Beam currently serves as the commission’s chairwoman. She is the presiding judge of the Maryland State Board of Contract Appeals, which adjudicates bid and contract appeals from companies seeking to fulfill contracts with the state.
Ms. Anderson is an attorney with Alegi Anderson Law.
Mr. Crum is a civil litigation attorney focusing on injury and worker’ compensation issues.
Ms. Delawter is a family law and estate attorney.
Ms. Fischer is a former Frederick County Board of Education candidate and a Republican activist.
Mr. Flynn is a corporate attorney who focuses on contract, real estate, and construction law.
Ms. Mena is an Apprenticeship Navigator with the Maryland Department of Labor.
Mr. Shoemaker is an assistant state’s attorney in Frederick County.
Mr. Sinton is an assistant county attorney in Frederick County.
Mr. Stull is a former elected member of the Maryland House of Delegates in District 4A.
Ms. Venezia is a family law attorney.
Mr. Weschler is a partner at Haspel, McLeod, and Drawbaugh and practices family law.
Eric is a former officer in the Republican Club of Frederick County and Frederick County Republican Central Committee between 2015 and 2018. Former guest host on WFMD and showrunner on WTHU. Avid gardener and food preserver. Graduated from Libertarianism to Anarchism as the corruption level in the state requires us to start over from scratch.