Local District Court Judge Named Administrative Judge

Judge Flores took over the position on Tues., Jan. 2nd.


Frederick, Md (KM) Frederick County District Court Judge Dino Flores has been named Administrative Judge for both Frederick and Washington Counties. His appointment is effective as of Tuesday, January 2nd. He replaces Judge O. John Cjeka whose stepping down after serving ten years as Administrative Judge.

The decision to name Flores to this position was made by District Court Chief Judge John P. Morrissey, with approval of Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera. “Judge Flores’ experience as a public defender and the state’s attorney’s office makes him a strong candidate for the role of district administrative judge,” said Judge Morrissey, in a statement.

Judge Flores has served on the Frederick County District Court since July 29th, 2016. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Duke University, and his Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center in 1989. He served as law clerk to Judge James McAuliffe, Jr., in Montgomery County Circuit Court from 1989-1990, and was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1990.

Long before he was named District Court Judge, Flores was public defender in Montgomery County form 1990 to 1992,. and an assistant state’s attorney in that same jurisdiction  from 1992-1994. He became assistant state’s attorney in Frederick County in 1994, and remained in that position until 1999.

In private practice, Flories was an associate at the law firm of Steven D. Kuferberg’s Frederick office from 1999-2008, and was an attorney and partner with Schaffer, Black and Flores from 2008-2016.

Judge Flores is a member of the Maryland Hispanic Bar Association and served as its President form 2000 to 2001.


By Kevin McManus