Effective Monday August 9, 2021, face masks are required to be worn by all (except children aged 2 and under), regardless of vaccination status, in the state courthouses and judicial facilities located in any Maryland county, including Baltimore City.
Between November 16, 2020, through April 23, 2021, all criminal and civil jury trials in the Circuit Courts throughout the State of Maryland were suspended due to the COVID-19 Emergency. Effective April 26, 2021, all criminal and civil jury trials in the Circuit Courts will resume and courts will be fully operational. For further information, view the Fourth Amended Administrative Order on Lifting the Statewide Suspension of Jury Trials and Maintaining Grand Juries and view the Administrative Order on the Progressive Resumption of Full Function of Judiciary Operations Previously Restricted Due to the COVID-19 Emergency.
Grand juries may continue at the discretion of the administrative judge or his or her designee. New grand juries may be empaneled as necessary, and grand juries that are currently convened may be extended by the administrative judge.
The Offices of the Clerks of the Circuit Courts and the clerks’ offices of the District Court are open to the public. Court and clerk activities shall proceed with continued restrictions to limit the concentration of individuals and allow social distancing, consistent with guidance of the CDC or MDH or both.
Trial by jury is a foundation of our system of justice and is one of the reasons that our justice system is the finest in the world. While trial by jury is a right guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Maryland Declaration of Rights, serving on a jury is both a responsibility of being a citizen and an opportunity to serve the community. No special training, skills or legal knowledge are necessary to be a juror. All that is required is that you be willing to keep an open mind, to pay attention, and to make a decision based on the law and evidence that is presented. On behalf of the Maryland Judiciary, thank you for your jury service.
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See these news stories on what the courts have done to protect your health and safety as jury trials resume: