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Maryland Judiciary Reverts Operations to Phase III in Response to Omicron Variant Surge

The Maryland Judiciary announced today, effective Wednesday, December 29, 2021, it will reduce operations and revert to Phase III of its five-phased reopening plan in response to the Omicron variant surge. The interim operational plan will last until February 8, 2022, pending further order. Clerks’ offices in both the District Court of Maryland and circuit courts throughout the state will remain open to the public. The Court of Appeals of Maryland and Court of Special Appeals of Maryland remain fully operational, but the chief judge may determine whether to hold proceedings in person or remotely. In Phase III, the District Court and circuit courts will hear specific case types remotely or in-person, but jury trials will not be held until the Judiciary is able to re-enter Phase V of its reopening plan. Jury trials that have already commenced will proceed to conclusion. All jury trials scheduled between December 29 and February 8 will be rescheduled. Marylanders who are currently serving as jurors are encouraged to contact the local circuit court. “As throughout the pandemic, the health and safety of the public, judges, and judiciary staff remains our top priority,” said Court of Appeals of Maryland Chief Judge Joseph M. Getty. “In an […]

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