Maryland Courts to Reopen Under a Phased-in Plan

gavel-2492011_1920 - pixabay - 4.29.20Maryland courts to reopen under a five-stage plan. 

On June 5, the Maryland Judiciary will move into Phase II of a five-phased plan to reopen the courts.

From the news release:

During Phase II,  courts will continue to be closed to public except for those who are necessary to the matters being heard. Each phase will represent an increase in the level of activity within each courthouse and court office. Depending on the current state of COVID-19 throughout Maryland, it may be necessary for a jurisdiction to adjust phases.

As the announcement notes, the courts anticipate entering Phase 3 on July 20. This phase would allow the public into the court buildings but require all entering to answer COVID-19 screening questions and be subject to temperature checks. Individuals would also be required to still follow social distancing protocols.

The courts are encouraged to continue to use remote video or telephonic technologies regardless of the stage of reopening. Locally, administrative judges continue to have the authority to limit the number of people entering the courthouse or a courtroom.

For more information:

Maryland courts announce plan to gradually reopen through phased approach (Maryland Courts)

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