BREAKING: Maryland courts to return to Phase II, jury trials remain postponed
MARYLAND –The Maryland Judiciary has announced that due a surge in COVID-19 cases across the state, operations will be restricted to Phase II of its five-phased reopening plan beginning Monday, November 30th. This announcement comes nearly two weeks after the state announced that operations would be pushed back to Phase III.
Under Phase II, Clerks’ offices in the District Court of Maryland and circuit courts throughout the state will remain open to the public for emergency purposes only and by appointment for other matters..
We’re told the District Court and circuit courts will hear specific case types remotely or in-person, however, jury trials have been postponed until the Judiciary is able to re-enter Phase V of its progressive reopening plan.
“The Maryland Judiciary continues to proactively monitor the current COVID-19 public health crisis in Maryland, therefore, the Judiciary must alter its court operations for the second time in two weeks in order to protect the health and wellbeing of all,” said Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera. “COVID-19 cases in Maryland are increasing at a rapid pace and with the Thanksgiving Day holiday upon us, it is imperative that the Judiciary respond to the current health situation by restricting court operations further. As always, the Judiciary will keep the public apprised of any changes in operations and ensure that as many of the core functions of the Judiciary will remain available to the extent the emergency conditions allow.”
Marylanders who are currently serving as jurors must contact the court.
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