Court of Appeals of Maryland Chief Judge Joseph M. Getty issued administrative orders announcing the Maryland Judiciary will return to Phase V of its five-phased progressive resumption of operations. The main order, the Fourth Amended Administrative Order Expanding Statewide Judiciary Operations in Light of the COVID-19 Emergency, will take effect on Monday, March 7, 2022. All courts in Maryland will be fully operational with the resumption of jury trials in criminal and civil cases in circuit courts statewide. “Due to the decline in COVID-19 cases according to the state’s health metrics, we embrace the opportunity to resume full judicial operations,” said Court of Appeals Chief Judge Joseph M. Getty. “Although we are eager to resume jury trials, the Judiciary remains committed to the health and safety of all litigants, judges, employees, and court visitors. Jurors with questions or requesting accommodations should contact their local circuit court.” As outlined in the Order, the wearing of masks is voluntary and other health measures are no longer required such as entrance screening; however, the administrative judges of the circuit court and the District Court together in each county and Baltimore City are to determine whether local conditions, as may be indicated by a local health mandate, require any […]
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