Keep Our Judges 2024

Judge Christine Celeste

Before her appointment to the Anne Arundel Circuit Court, Judge Christine Celeste was subject to rigorous vetting by esteemed members of the State's legal community before her nomination underwent consideration by the Governor's Office.

Very few jurists make it to the Governor's desk for consideration. Even fewer get appointed.

By making it out of this rigorous process and meeting the criteria, Anne Arundel County voters can be sure Judge Christine Celeste is of the very top tier of Maryland jurists and eminently qualified to continue serving as Circuit Court Judge in Anne Arundel County.
Imminently Qualified

Experienced, Vetted, Fair & Impartial

Before Governor Hogan appointed her to the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court on October 4, 2022, Judge Christine Marie Celeste was an accomplished trial attorney. Known for her legal acumen and fierce advocacy, Judge Celeste represented the State of Maryland, the United States of America, and the Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission in hundreds of cases.
A Lifetime of Legal Experience

Judge Christine Celeste: Biography

After spending 15 years as an Assistant State’s Attorney, including a three-year detail to the United States Attorney’s Office, and reaching the rank of Deputy Division Chief of the Gun Violence Enforcement Division, Judge Celeste moved to the Office of Bar Counsel where she held attorneys accountable for engaging in ethics violations.

Judge Celeste then joined the Office of Chief Counsel to U.S. Customs and Border Protection where she represented the Agency in employment litigation.

Judge Celeste has extensive civil and criminal trial experience.

Judge Celeste spent five years training and supervising Assistant State’s Attorneys handling non-fatal shooting and violent crime cases. She was responsible for approving arrest warrants for non-fatal shooting cases and reviewing search warrants for probable cause.

From 2018 to 2021, Judge Celeste represented citizens across the State whose attorneys violated ethics rules. She handled all phases of litigation of attorney misconduct cases, including propounding and responding to discovery, taking and defending depositions, trying cases in circuit courts across the State, and arguing cases before the Supreme Court of Maryland.

Judge Celeste has excellent interpersonal skills. She exhibits understanding and professionalism in her frequent interactions with members of the public. Judge Celeste is comfortable in the courtroom, having spent 20 years as a trial attorney. Judge Celeste believes that an effective judge knows the law and applies it fairly, allows the parties a full opportunity to be heard, and treats everyone before her with respect. Judge Celeste strives daily to be the kind of judge that litigants and attorneys want to appear before because they know they will receive fair and impartial justice.

A graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law, Judge Celeste served as a notes and comments editor to the Maryland Law Review.

She is actively involved in the Anne Arundel County Bar Association, the Maryland State Bar Association (where she serves on the Criminal Law & Practice Section Council and is a member of the Maryland Bar Foundation), and the James C. Cawood, Jr. American Inn of Court.

Judge Celeste is a member of the bar of the State of Maryland, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

Judge Celeste and her husband, John, have two daughters, and a beagle named Nemo.

"She has my full endorsement for her retention on the bench."

"When I appointed Judge Christine Celeste to the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court in 2022, I knew that her deep knowledge of the law, and her commitment to public service -- in various roles representing the United States and the State of Maryland -- would be an asset to the people of Anne Arundel County and the legal profession.

Her extensive trial experience, both in civil and criminal court, as well as her expansive understanding of varied areas of the law, meant that the people of Anne Arundel County could trust that Christine was prepared to step into the role of a judge. That trust was well-placed.

Judge Celeste has been an example of judicial excellence on the bench and has shown the temperament and skills required of a judge. She has my full endorsement for her retention on the bench."
Larry J. Hogan
62nd Governor of Maryland (2015 to 2023)
"I am proud to endorse the Keep Our Judges Slate in Anne Arundel County, including Circuit Court Judges Christine Celeste and Ginina Jackson-Stevenson. Both Judges have demonstrated outstanding commitment to public service and justice.

I am confident that Judges Celeste and Jackson-Stevenson will continue serving Anne Arundel County with distinction and will uphold the principles of fairness and equality. I encourage Anne Arundel County voters to keep Judges Celeste and Jackson-Stevenson on the Circuit Court."
Wes Moore
Maryland Governor
"As a State Senator and an attorney, I am proud to endorse the Keep Our Judges Slate. Judges Christine Celeste and Ginina Jackson-Stevenson have proven themselves as outstanding judges with an unmatched dedication to legal excellence. They have my vote because of their dedication to the principles of fairness and equal justice that underpin the legal system. I encourage voters to choose Judge Celeste and Judge Jackson-Stevenson at the polls because their continuous service on the bench will contribute to the betterment of our community."
Dawn D. Gile
State Senator - District 33
"I wholeheartedly endorse the Keep Our Judges Slate and encourage voters to keep Circuit Court Judges Christine Celeste and Ginina Jackson-Stevenson. These jurists have demonstrated a track record of legal experience, earning the trust and respect of the community. I firmly believe that by supporting Judges Celeste and Jackson-Stevenson, we are supporting a slate rooted in experience, integrity, and dedication to the people of Anne Arundel County."
Nic Kipke
State Delegate - District 31
"As a lawyer who knows both Judge Christine Celeste and Judge Ginina Jackson-Stevenson, I am pleased to endorse the Keep Our Judges slate. Judges Celeste and Jackson-Stevenson approach each case with unwavering integrity and a commitment to fairness. They epitomize judicial excellence, both in their knowledge of the law and in their treatment of all who appear before the court. I hope Anne Arundel County voters will join me in voting for the Keep Our Judges slate."
Nathan Volke
County Councilman - Council District 3
Keep Our Judges 2024

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