Remote Hearings in the District Court

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Request a Hearing

To request a remote hearing, complete and submit a CC-DC-110, Motion for Remote Proceedings or to Appear Remotely form, to the court location where the trial or hearing will be held.

Check the availability for remote hearings in each court location listed below OR contact the clerks’ office at the phone number provided.

Guidelines

Pursuant to Maryland Rules 2-802, 2-803, and  3-513.1, the following are guidelines established by the Chief Judge of the District Court in consultation with the State Court Administrator:

  1. Zoom for Government is the preferred platform for hosting remote proceedings, although other platforms may be used by the District Court.
  2. Any platform used by the courts must provide for encryption for all remote court proceedings, role-based user security, and password protection.
  3. The court where the hearing is being scheduled should be contacted for more information regarding the process for participating in a remote hearing.
  4. All hearings must be recorded by the Judiciary to serve as the official court recording.
  5. The court, or other designated court personnel are the only persons authorized to record the remote hearing by electronic means, stenography or any other method. Any recording, photograph, broadcast, or live stream by a party or other person of a remote hearing without the permission of the court is strictly forbidden.
  6. Any platform used by the trial courts to conduct remote court proceedings will include a means by which attorneys may confidentially speak with clients..
  7. Except as otherwise directed by the judicial officer, all remote judicial proceedings will be conducted in accordance with the same standards as hearings traditionally conducted in a courtroom.
  8. All remote judicial proceedings will be conducted in accordance with the Maryland Rules.
  9. If a remote hearing is disrupted due to audio or video technical difficulties, the judicial officer may delay, postpone, or require an in-person appearance.
  10. If a party is not able to participate by remote means, they should contact the court promptly.
  11. Instructional webinars and videos designed to teach users how to effectively use Zoom for Government are provided below.

Click the + next to each listed county to find more information on remote hearing availability

Criminal/Traffic Contact the court for more information.
Civil Remote Hearings by request and agreement of both parties.

Contact the court clerk if you have additional questions or require additional details on remote hearings in District 1:

  • Wabash location: 410-878-8000
  • Hargrove (Patapsco Ave.) location: 410-878-8300
  • Eastside (North Ave.) location: 410-878-8500
  • Fayette location: 410-878-8900

Criminal/Traffic Remote hearings by request, agreement of all parties and approval of a judge.
Civil Remote hearings by request, agreement of all parties and approval of a judge.

Contact the court clerk if you have additional questions or require additional details on remote hearings in District 2:

  • Dorchester County: 410-901-1420
  • Wicomico County: 410-713-3500
  • Somerset County: 410-845-4700
  • Worcester County - Ocean City location: 410-723-6935
  • Worcester County - Snow Hill location: 410-219-7830

Criminal/Traffic Contact the Court for more information.
Civil Remote Hearings by request and agreement of all parties and approval by judge.

Contact the court clerk if you have additional questions or require additional details on remote hearings in District 3:

  • Caroline County: 410-819-4600
  • Cecil County: 410-996-2700
  • Kent County: 410-810-3360
  • Talbot County: 410-819-5850
  • Queen Anne's County: 410-819-4000

Criminal/Traffic Contact the court for more information.
Civil Remote hearings by request and consent of Hearing form. (Be sure to complete the Certificate of Service section on the Motion for Remote Proceeding form (CC-DC-110).

Contact the court clerk if you have additional questions or require additional details on remote hearings in District 4:

  • Calvert County: 443-550-6700
  • Charles County: 301-934-5110
  • St. Mary's County: 301-880-2700

Criminal/Traffic Contact the Court for more information.
Civil All civil cases are remote.

Contact the court clerk if you have additional questions or require additional details on remote hearings in District 5:

  • Prince George's County - Hyattsville location: 301-298-4200
  • Prince George's County - Upper Marlboro location: 301-298-4000

Criminal/Traffic Remote Hearings by request and consent of all parties involved.
Civil Civil Motions and Civil Large Claims are scheduled as remote hearings. Parties have the ability to opt out. Remote hearings in all other civil cases by request of the parties by either motion or a phone call to the clerks' office.

Contact the court clerk if you have additional questions or require additional details on remote hearings in District 6:

Montgomery County Remote Hearing Guidelines

Spanish - Remote Hearing Guidelines

  • Montgomery County - Rockville location: 301-563-8800
  • Montgomery County - Silver Spring location: 301-563-8500

Criminal/Traffic Remote hearings are available by request and approval of a judge.
Civil Remote hearings are available by request and approval of a judge.

Contact the court clerk if you have additional questions or require additional details on remote hearings in District 7:

  • Anne Arundel County - Annapolis location: 410-260-1370
  • Anne Arundel County - Glen Burnie location: 410-260-1800

Criminal/Traffic Remote hearings are available by request and approval of a judge.
Civil Remote hearings are available by request and approval of a judge.

Contact the court clerk if you have additional questions or require additional details on remote hearings in District 8:

  • Baltimore County - Catonsville location: 410-512-2500
  • Baltimore County - Towson location: 410-512-2000
  • Baltimore County - Essex location: 410-512-2300

Criminal/Traffic Remote hearings are available by request. Litigants can call the clerk’s office to request ZOOM access to any courtroom for any scheduled case.
Civil Remote hearings are available by request. Litigants can call the clerk’s office to request ZOOM access to any courtroom for any scheduled case.

Contact the court clerk if you have additional questions or require additional details on remote hearings in District 9:

  • Harford County: 410-836-4545

Criminal/Traffic Remote hearings by request and approval of a judge.
Civil Remote hearings by request and approval of a judge.

Contact the court clerk if you have additional questions or require additional details on remote hearings in District 10:

District 10 - Remote Proceeding Guidelines

  • Carroll County: 410-871-3500
  • Howard County: 410-480-7700

Criminal/Traffic Remote hearings by request and approval of a judge.
Civil Remote hearings are available by request and approval of a judge.  Please use Motion for Remote Proceeding form (CC-DC-110)

Contact the court clerk if you have additional questions or require additional details on remote hearings in District 11:

  • Frederick County: 301-600-2000
  • Washington County: 240-420-4600

Criminal/Traffic Remote hearings are available by request and approval of a judge.
Civil Remote hearings are available by request and approval of a judge.

Contact the court clerk if you have additional questions or require additional details on remote hearings in District 12:

  • Allegany County: 301-723-3100
  • Garrett County: 301-334-8020

Prepare for a Hearing


General Zoom Web Conferencing Basics
Join a Meeting: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193
Testing Audio and Video: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362283-Testing-computer-or-device-audio
Audio Echo (Feedback): https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/202050538-Audio-Echo-In-A-Meeting
Sharing a Screen/Document through Zoom: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/sections/201740106-Screen-Sharing
Using Virtual Backgrounds: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/210707503-Virtual-Background#h_bebf36a4-c1e9-4769- 9d3ce0d01457d341

Last revised: May 13, 2021