CURRENT STATUS: Phase II

Beginning June 8, the Maryland Judiciary will gradually return to full operations throughout the next several weeks and months. View the Amended Administrative Order on the Progressive Resumption of Full Function of Judiciary Operations issued by Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera on June 3, 2020. Local court information can be found here.

View the details of each phase below.

Phase I

March 16 - June 5, 2020 at 4:59 p.m.

District Court

  • Bail reviews
  • Bench warrants
  • Emergency evaluations
  • Quarantine and isolation violations
  • Body attachments

District Court Commissioners

  • New extreme risk protective order petitions
  • New domestic violence protective order petitions (adult respondents)
  • New peace order petitions
  • Initial appearances
  • Applications for statement of charges
  • Bail bonds
  • Bench warrant satisfactions

Circuit Courts

  • Bail reviews
  • Bench warrants
  • Arraignments for detained defendants
  • Juvenile detention
  • Juvenile shelter care
  • Peace order petitions (juvenile respondents)
  • Emergency evaluations
  • Quarantine and isolation
  • Extradition
  • Body attachments
  • Extreme risk protective order appeals

Court of Special Appeals

  • Injunctive relief pending appeal
  • Appeals if lack of action would result in dispositive outcome
  • Appeals from quarantine and isolation matters

Court of Appeals

  • Certain election law matters
  • Mandamus
  • Certified questions of law
  • Quarantine and isolation

Phase II 

Beginning June 5, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

Includes Phase One matters plus:

District Court:

Criminal and Traffic
  • Bail reconsiderations
  • Matters regarding locally incarcerated defendants (in accordance with April 14 order)
  • Guilty pleas with deferral of incarceration start date considered
  • Mental health evaluations and competency matters
  • Preliminary hearings with proposed resolution and no testimony required.
Civil
  • Temporary and final domestic violence, peace, and extreme risk protective orders
  • Temporary restraining orders
Landlord/Tenant
  • Emergency breach of lease involving threat to person or property and associated warrants of restitution
  • Emergency wrongful detainer actions and associated warrants of restitution
Problem-Solving Courts
  • Proceedings of drug, mental health, DUI, veterans’, and reentry courts.

District Court Commissioners

Commissioners shall continue to hear all Phase One matters.

Circuit Courts

Civil
  • Emergency habeas corpus matters
  • Temporary restraining orders
  • Scheduling conferences
  • Status conferences
  • On the record appeals
  • Matters that can be handled remotely or without testimony or both.
Criminal
  • Bail reconsiderations
  • Matters regarding locally incarcerated defendants (in accordance with April 14 order)
  • Arraignments for detained defendants
  • Extradition cases
  • Competency, criminal responsibility issues not requiring witness testimony status, and discovery and Hicks issues
  • Deferred sentencing for non-incarcerated defendants
  • Pleas agreements without recommendations for incarceration
  • Deferred sentencing
  • Motions that can be handled remotely or without testimony or both
Family
  • Scheduling conferences
  • Status conferences
  • Uncontested divorce and other uncontested matters
  • Domestic violence protective orders
  • Domestic violence, peace, and extreme risk protective order appeals
  • Family law emergencies that have been determined to require an expedited hearing
  • Emergency issues in guardianship matters
  • Temporary restraining orders
  • Default hearings
  • Exceptions not requiring witness testimony
  • Matters that can be handled remotely or without testimony or both
Child in Need of Assistance (CINA)
  • Shelter care hearings
  • CINA matters that are uncontested or can be heard by proffer including adjudications, dispositions, permanency plans, and permanency plan reviews.
  • Termination of parental rights that are by consent or proffer
  • Exceptions (uncontested, consented to, or requiring legal argument only)
  • Family Treatment/Recovery Court reviews
  • Guardianships under juvenile causes
  • Adoptions re: CINA and TPR youth
  • Matters that can be handled remotely or without testimony or both
Juvenile Delinquency
  • Detention hearings
  • Peace order petitions (juvenile respondents)
  • Arraignments and first appearances
  • Emergency delinquency matters
  • Adjudication with agreed to plea and/or by proffer
  • Disposition by consent or proffer
  • Disposition reviews
  • Delinquency juvenile treatment plans and reviews
  • Closure of probation and jurisdiction not requiring testimony
  • Juvenile expungements not requiring testimony
  • Juvenile permanency plans and reviews by consent or proffer
  • Juvenile waivers by consent and not requiring testimony
  • Exceptions no requiring witness testimony
  • Matters that can be heard remotely or without testimony or both
Problem-solving Courts
  • Proceedings of drug, mental health, family/dependence recovery, DUI, veterans’, juvenile drug, and truancy courts.

Court of Special Appeals

  • Fully operational
  • The court will hear all matters in its jurisdiction.
  • Most hearings will be held remotely.
  • Mediation conducted by COSA ADR Division may be handled remotely.

Court of Appeals

  • Fully operational
  • The court will hear all matters in its jurisdiction.
  • Hearings will be held remotely.

Phase III

Beginning July 20, 2020

Includes Phase One and Two matters plus:

District Court

Criminal and Traffic
  • Trials for incarcerated defendants
  • Other cases alleging violent acts, alcohol-related motor vehicle matters
  • Preliminary hearings
  • Begin scheduling minor traffic matters for dockets that begin during Phase Four, including previously postponed matters
  • Violation of probation
Civil
  • Resume handling temporary domestic violence protective, peace, and extreme risk protective order petitions during court hours.
  • Begin scheduling civil matters, including trials, for dockets that begin during Phase Four, including previously postponed matters.
Landlord/Tenant
  • Rent escrow actions, provided local inspection practices can be conducted
  • Tenant holding over actions and associated warrants of restitution
  • Breach of lease actions and any associated warrants of restitution
  • Wrongful detainer actions and associated warrants of restitution
  • Processing of warrants of restitution for failure to pay rent actions to begin after July 25, 2020, consistent with the Amended Order in regards to Foreclosures, Evictions, and Other Ejectments involving Residences.

District Court Commissioners

  • Commissioners will resume hearing interim domestic violence protective order, peace and extreme risk protective order petitions only after regular court hours.
  • Continue to accept circuit court bail bonds through Phase Four.

Circuit Courts

Civil
  • Motions requiring witness testimony
  • Settlement hearings
  • Attorney disciplinary hearings
Criminal
  • Motions
  • Expungements
  • Violation of probation
  • Non-jury trials
  • Jury prayer status hearings
  • Sentencings previously deferred
Family
  • Resume handling temporary domestic violence protective order petitions during court hours
  • Motions requiring witness testimony
  • Pendente lite hearings
  • Contempt proceedings
  • Adoptions
  • Guardianship - non-emergency
  • Child support establishment
  • Settlement hearings
  • Court-ordered mediation
Child in Need of Assistance (CINA)
  • All matters and motions that are contested and/or require testimony
  • Adjudications, dispositions, permanency plans, and permanency plan reviews
  • Exceptions hearings requiring witness testimony
  • Contested TPRs
Juvenile Delinquency
  • All matters that are contested and/or require testimony
  • Adjudications
  • Dispositions
  • Disposition review
  • Closure of probation and jurisdiction
  • Motions
  • Juvenile expungements
  • Juvenile Permanency plan and permanency plan review
  • Juvenile and adult sex offender registration
  • Waiver hearings, including to and from Juvenile Court
  • Exception hearings

Court of Special Appeals

Same as Phase two.

Court of Appeals

Same as Phase two.

Phase IV

Beginning August 31, 2020

Includes Phase One, Two and Three matters plus:

District Court

Criminal and Traffic
  • All criminal matters
  • Minor traffic matters
  • Begin scheduling dockets that begin during Phase Five for:
    • Red light
    • Parking
    • Speed camera
    • School bus
    • Toll/MTA
    • Other civil citations including previously postponed matters
Civil
  • All civil matters
Landlord/Tenant
  • Failure to pay rent
Problem-solving Courts
  • Fully operational

District Court Commissioners

  • Fully operational
  • Continue to accept circuit court bail bonds through Phase Four.

Circuit Courts

Civil
  • Non-jury trials
  • De novo appeals
Criminal
  • Post-conviction hearings
  • Three-judge panel sentence reviews
Family
  • Hearings and trials
  • Child support contempts
Child in Need of Assistance (CINA)
  • Fully operational
Juvenile Delinquency
  • Fully operational
Problem-solving Courts
  • Fully operational

Court of Special Appeals

Same as Phase Two.

Court of Appeals

Same as Phase Two.

Phase V

Beginning October 5, 2020

District Court

Fully operational

District Court Commissioners

Fully operational

Circuit Courts

Fully operational, including jury trials in criminal and civil case types.

Court of Special Appeals

Fully operational

Court of Appeals

Fully operational