COVID-19 Update

Pursuant to Chief Judge Barbera’s Seventh Amended Administrative Order Restricting Statewide Judiciary Operations Due to the COVID-19 Emergency Filed December 22, 2020 the Circuit Court is operating on a limited basis with restricted access to the Courthouse. Beginning November 30, 2020 the Court is operating in Phase II. Jury trials scheduled between November 16, 2020 and April 23, 2020 will be postponed and rescheduled in accordance with the Fifth Amended Administrative Order Re-Imposing the Statewide Suspension of Jury Trials and Maintaining Grand Juries.

In Wicomico County parties and their attorneys, if represented, may enter the courthouse no more than 15 minutes to the time their matter is scheduled to be heard. Others are not permitted entry without the permission of the Administrative Judge or his designee. All persons entering the courthouse are subject to health screening and temperature check and are required to wear a face covering at all times while in the building. Health screening questions may be answered by visiting www.wicomicocounty.org/checkin on a mobile device and displaying the results screen to court staff at the entrance to the courthouse.

Please reference the Administrative Order and the Circuit Court for Wicomico County Start-Up Plan following COVID-19 Emergency Restrictions for additional information.

Photo of Judge S. JamesSarbanes

The cornerstone of our democratic form of government is a fair and impartial judiciary. In the State of Maryland, the judicial branch of government consists of four levels of courts, two trial and two appellate. The Circuit Court for Wicomico County hears major civil cases and more serious criminal matters, along with juvenile cases and most appeals from the District Court, Orphans’ Courts, and administrative agencies. If a party in a District Court civil or criminal case requests a jury trial, those cases are heard by the Circuit Court under certain circumstances.

Whether you are a party in a legal matter, a juror or a citizen curious about how the courts operate, you are welcome in our courthouse.

S. James Sarbanes
County Administrative Judge