Last Updated: Friday, May 22, 2020
The spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is currently impacting the daily operation of the Maryland Judiciary. Maryland courts are currently closed to the public; however, the courts continue to hear certain types of emergency matters. Most courthouses are operating with essential staff only.
Beginning at 5 p.m., on Friday, June 5, the Maryland courts will begin implementing its reopening plan that guides courts across the state of Maryland as to how they should gradually return to full operations throughout the next several weeks and months.
There are five phases in the plan and each phase will represent an increase in the level of activity within each courthouse and court office. Depending on the current state of COVID-19 throughout Maryland, it may be necessary for a court and/or jurisdiction to adjust phases.
The Judiciary is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and evaluating its ongoing response to this public health emergency. Until further notice, the courts will continue using technology for remote proceedings, either by video or telephone, but please note that this will vary by court location. The general public, members of the media, and attorneys should reference the COVID-19 webpages for the latest information on individual court operations. Court closings related to coronavirus.
The courts are requiring any individual, including employees, seeking access to a courthouse or court office location to:
- Answer a set of screening questions;
- Be subject to temperature checks;
- Wear a facial covering or mask; and
- Practice social distancing.
Additional Court Information
- A MESSAGE FROM THE CHIEF JUDGE: Maryland courts prepare to reopen. (May 18, 2020)
- Communication Regarding Affidavit Judgments in the District Court (May 15, 2020)
- Revised policy on Interim Orders during the emergency (May 5, 2020)
- Statement from the Maryland Judiciary Concerning Guardianships of Adults and Minors - Español | Français | Русский | 한국어 | 中文 (May 4, 2020)
- Communication Regarding Moratorium on Evictions under the Federal “Cares Act” (May 1, 2020)
- New Video: Court resources and tools for the public during COVID-19 (April 23, 2020)
- Statement from the Maryland Judiciary on Matters Concerning Children & Families - Español | Français | Русский | 한국어 | 中文 (March 27, 2020)
- Suspension During the COVID-19 Emergency of Foreclosures, Evictions, and Other Ejectments Involving Residences (effective March 25, 2020)
- COVID-19 Update: A message from Chief Judge Barbera to the legal community. (March 23, 2020)
- Information on District Court Screening Procedures (effective March 23, 2020)
Additional Information and Resources
- Governor Hogan’s COVID-19 Site
- Maryland Department of Health
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
- Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990
- National Domestic Violence Hotline
- 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224