MD Judiciary Postpones Jury Trials Amid COVID Surge

Clerks’ offices to remain open.

Amid the statewide spike of new COVID-19 cases, the Maryland Judiciary today postponed jury trials and scaled back other court operations until February 8.

According to an order from the Court of Appeals of Maryland Chief Judge Joseph M. Getty, jury trials already underway may conclude — but the District Court of Maryland and circuit courts will reschedule all jury trials slated to commence between December 29 and February 8.

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. Clerks’ offices in both the District Court of Maryland and circuit courts will remain open to the public.

“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 abundance of caution and through consultation with state leadership, I have made the necessary decision to revert to Phase III operations. Although reduced in operations, our courts will continue to remain open, ensure access to justice, and provide fair, efficient, and effective justice for all.”

Read the new administrative order on the Maryland Judiciary website.

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