This webpage is a central location for members of the media inquiring on COVID-19 and its impact on court operations for the Maryland Judiciary. All news releases pertaining to COVID-19 will be posted on this page.

Beginning on Monday, October 5, the Maryland Courts moved into Phase 5 of the Maryland Judiciary’s reopening plan. Members of the media are still permitted to enter courthouses while the Amended Administrative Order on the Progressive Resumption of Full Function of Judiciary Operations Previously Restricted Due to the COVID-19 Emergency is in effect.

If you are a member of the media and intend on entering a courthouse, the Judiciary strongly urges you to speak with your management teams and take the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Maryland Department of Health into consideration.

The Maryland Judiciary is taking these steps to reduce the number of people in its courthouses to mitigate the potential for spreading the virus. The Judiciary asks that you present a valid media credential when you enter the courthouse and pass through security. A media credential should include your first and last name, a picture, and the name of the media organization you are representing.

For specific media inquiries, please email the general communications inbox at You can also email Public Information Officer Nadine Maeser at and Assistant Public Information Officer at

Last Updated: Monday, October 5, 2020

September 29, 2020
Jury trials to resume in criminal and civil cases statewide, new video shows court preparations ahead of jurors’ return to service

August 28, 2020
Maryland Judiciary enters Phase IV of progressive reopening plan; All court operations resume except for jury trials

July 31, 2020
Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge issues an Administrative Order Clarifying COVID-19 Health Measures in Courthouses and Judicial Branch Facilities

July 17, 2020
Clerks’ offices prepare for Phase III of progressive reopening

July 2, 2020
Maryland Judiciary’s Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO) supports remote mediation and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) during COVID-19

June 18, 2020
Juvenile courts in Maryland continue hearing cases during COVID-19

May 27, 2020
Media Advisory: Maryland Judiciary to brief the Maryland House Judiciary Committee on the courts amid COVID-19

May 26, 2020
Maryland bar exam scheduled for July postponed, new dates tentatively scheduled for September

May 22, 2020
Maryland courts announce plan to gradually reopen through phased approach

May 17, 2020
District Court in Baltimore County (temporary Towson Courthouse location) will be closed Monday, May 18, 2020

May 15, 2020
Maryland clerks of circuit courts begin remote processing of marriage licenses during COVID-19

May 5, 2020
Media Advisory: Maryland Judiciary to brief Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on the courts amid COVID-19

April 14, 2020
Media Advisory: New administrative orders guide trial courts on the release of incarcerated and imprisoned individuals, extend court closures through June 5

April 13, 2020
Media Advisory: Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera issues new administrative order regarding juveniles amid the COVID-19 public health emergency

April 6, 2020
Employee from the District Court in Prince George’s County tests positive for COVID-19

April 3, 2020
New orders address deadlines, jury service, and electronic filing amid COVID-19 health emergency

March 25, 2020
Maryland state courts extend court closures through May 1, continue to hear emergency court matters amid COVID-19

March 24, 2020
Howard County District Court employee tests positive for COVID-19

March 18, 2020
COVID-19 UPDATE: Foreclosure and eviction cases will not move through the courts amid COVID-19

March 18, 2020
COVID-19 UPDATE: Circuit courts in Maryland will process land record filings amid COVID-19

March 16, 2020
COVID-19 UPDATE: Maryland state courts reduce staffing in courthouses, continue to hear emergency court matters

March 12, 2020
Maryland Judiciary Responds to Coronavirus (COVID-19): Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera

March 6, 2020
Coronavirus Update from the Maryland Judiciary