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Maryland Judiciary Extends Phase II Operations Through March 14, 2021 in Response to COVID-19 Surge

The Maryland Judiciary announced that it will extend Phase II operations of its five-phased progressive COVID-19 reopening plan to respond to the surge in COVID cases in Maryland through March 14, 2021. Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera has issued five new administrative orders, one of which requires that the Judiciary’s Phase II operations plan remain in effect through March 14, 2021. Another order also extends the suspension of jury trials through April 23, 2021. Clerks’ offices in the District Court of Maryland and circuit courts throughout the state will remain open to the public for emergency purposes and by appointment for other matters. “The surge in COVID-19 cases during November is expected to be sustained through the winter,  making it necessary for the Maryland Judiciary to remain in Phase II of its operations plan,” said Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera, Maryland Court of Appeals. “We will continue to monitor the public health emergency and adjust court operations, as necessary, to protect the safety of the public, judges, and Judiciary personnel. We will also ensure that as many of the Judiciary’s core functions continue to the extent the emergency conditions allow.” With COVID-19 health protocols in place […]

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