MD state courts close to the public; remain staffed for emergencies
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Maryland state courts will be closed to the public for three weeks starting March 16th, 2020.
Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera says this includes the Maryland Judiciary, court offices, administrative offices, units of the Judiciary, and the Offices of the Clerks of the Circuit Courts.
Due to the COVID-19 state of emergency, all matters scheduled to be heard between Monday, March 16th, through April 3rd, 2020 are postponed pending further orders of the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals.
Court Personnel are expected to report to work, as usual. The courts will be staffed to handle emergency matters including domestic violence petitions, bail reviews, juvenile detention and shelter hearings, and search warrants.
The Judiciary is taking these necessary steps to prevent reduce the number of people entering the courthouses to limit and control the spread of the coronavirus.