Landlord/Tenant Remote Hearings

Pilot Program Information

scales of justice on a zoom call

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how housing cases are handled by the District Court. In October 2020, the District Court of Maryland for Harford County will be conducting a pilot program for remote hearings in landlord/tenant matters, including failure to pay rent cases. Remote hearings will be used to continue to ensure the safety and well‐being of court staff, counsel, parties, and the public.

Parties will still be able to attend in-person for court appearances if they do not have the ability to join remotely, with safety measures and social distancing required in court facilities. 

How to Join a Zoom Remote Court Hearing

zoom icon is a web conferencing tool that permits video and audio meetings. Parties may appear by video on Zoom using an electronic device with an internet connection. If you are unable to participate by video or are unable to install the free Zoom App, you may still participate in the hearing by phone/audio.

      App on Mobile Device

1. Download the Zoom Cloud Meeting App
2. Select “Join a Meeting”
3. Enter the Meeting ID and your full first and last name below
4. Select “Join"
5. Enter the Password  

       Computer / Laptop

1. Go to zoomgov.com/join 
2. Enter the Meeting ID
3. Select “Download and run Zoom” or “Join from your browser”
4. Enter your full first and last name and select “Join”
5. Enter the Password

        Dial-In (Audio Only)

1. Call the telephone number provided
2. Enter the Meeting ID and press #
3. Enter the Participant ID if provided. If not, press #
4. Enter the Password

If you plan on participating remotely and cannot access the hearing by video or phone on your court date, contact the court immediately.
 
Additional Information about remote hearings and virtual courtrooms can be found HERE.
 

Maryland Courts Self-Help Center

The Maryland Courts Self-Help Centers have compiled a list by county of COVID-19 resources available to both landlords and tenants.

Call or chat with an attorney about your landlord/tenant case by phone at 410-260-1392 or live chat 8:30am - 8:00pm Monday - Friday.

Last updated: September 17, 2020