Last Updated: Wednesday, October 14, 2020

The spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to impact the daily operation of the Maryland Judiciary. Maryland’s courts are now in Phase V of the progressive reopening plan. Maryland’s circuit courts have resumed jury trials and all courts have returned to full operations. Visit the local court page for the latest information on hours of operation BEFORE arriving to court.

PLEASE NOTE: Beginning on Monday, October 5, the Maryland Courts moved into Phase 5 of the Maryland Judiciary’s reopening plan. The plan guides courts across the state of Maryland as to how they should gradually return to full operations throughout the next several weeks and months. During Phase 5, Maryland’s circuit courts have resumed jury trials and all courts have returned to full operations.

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. Some 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.

Additionally, 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.

The Maryland courts started implementing the reopening plan on June 5. If COVID-19 conditions allow, the Maryland Judiciary will move to Phase IV on August 31, 2020. Phase IV will mark the resumption of non-jury trials and other contested matters in the District Court of Maryland and circuit courts.

See these videos and news stories on what the courts have done to protect your health and safety as jury trials resume:

Reopening the Courts
Jury Duty COVID-19 Safety Precautions
COVID-19 Impacts at Court
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Reopening the Courts
Video courtesy of WBAL-TV - Baltimore City
Reopening the Courts - FOX45 News
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Reopening the Courts - 47abc News
Video Courtesy of 47abc News - Wicomico County
Reopening the Courts - WBAL-TV News
Video Courtesy of WBAL-TV - Baltimore County
Reopening the Courts - WJLA-7 News
Video Courtesy of WJLA-7 News - Prince George's County
Reopening the Courts - FOX 5 News
Video Courtesy of FOX 5 News - Montgomery County
Reopening the Courts - WBALTV News
Video Courtesy of WBALTV - Baltimore County
Reopening the Courts - WBOC News
Video Courtesy of WBOC News - Wicomico County
Reopening the Courts - Local DVM
Video Courtesy of Local DVM - Montgomery County
Reopening the Courts - WBALTV
Video Courtesy of WBALTV - Baltimore
Jury Duty Returns - WMAR News
Video Courtesy of WMAR News - Baltimore County
Circuit Court Prepares to Resume - mymcmedia
Video Courtesy of MyMCMedia.org - Montgomery County
Jury trial resumes
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Ventilation for Jury Service
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Baltimore Sun
Jury selection for Radee Prince, alleged Advanced Granite Solutions shooter, begins in Havre de Grace community center
By: Staff Writer, October 13, 2020

Cumberland Times-News
Maryland courts are operational
By: Staff Writer, October 8, 2020

Severna Park Voice
COVID-19 And The Maryland Courts, Part 5
By: David Diggs, October 7, 2020

The BayNet
Calvert County Courthouse Implements Phase V of Reopening
By: Calvert County, October 7, 2020

The Southern Maryland Chronicle
Calvert County Courthouse Implements Phase V of Reopening
By: Calvert County Public Information Office, October 6, 2020

The Washington Post
Jurors in a fire station, high school gym and the ‘Cow Palace.’ How Maryland is restarting jury trials in the pandemic
By: Dan Morse, October 6, 2020

Maryland Matters
As Courts Reopen, Public Defenders Fear for Themselves and Their Clients
By: Hannah Gaskill, October 6, 2020

Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Circuit Court judge tests positive for coronavirus as jury trials resume Monday
By: Tim Prudente, October 5, 2020

Bethesda Magazine
Montgomery County Circuit Court prepared for jury trials to resume; Courtrooms retrofitted with plexiglass; jurors will sit socially distanced
By: Dan Schere, October 5, 2020

Capital Gazette
‘Can it happen fairly?’ Jury trials resume Monday. Here’s how Anne Arundel County courts are preparing.
By: Lilly Price, October 5, 2020

The Baltimore Sun
Court’s in session: Anxious feelings, extensive preparations surround start of jury trials in Maryland amid pandemic
By: Tim Prudente, October 4, 2020

WTOP News
Jury trials set to resume in Maryland this week
October 4, 2020

WBFF-TV/FOX 45 Baltimore
Jury trials to resume for criminal and civil cases in Maryland
By: Tiffany Watson, September 29, 2020

WBOC News
Jury Trials to Resume in Criminal and Civil Cases Statewide in Md.
September 29, 2020

WTOP News
Jury trials to resume next week in Maryland, with COVID-19 precautions
By: Neil Augenstein, September 29, 2020

The Herald-Mail
Safety in the court: Jury trials to resume with pandemic precautions
By: Mike Lewis, September 28, 2020

MyEasternShoreMD.com
Court reaches Phase IV opening
By: Tom McCall, September 25, 2020

Maryland Matters
Maryland Courts Go to Full Operation Oct. 5
By: Angela Roberts, September 23, 2020

WBAL-TV
Courts ready for jury trials to begin with new coronavirus restrictions in place
September 22, 2020

The Baltimore Sun
Jury duty will look different when Maryland courts resume operations next month. Here’s what officials say to expect
By: Angela Roberts, September 22, 2020

The Aegis
Expect more people to be called for jury duty as Maryland courts resume jury trials in October, Harford judge says
By: James Whitlow, September 18, 2020

The Baltimore Sun
Baltimore County Circuit Court adding sneeze guards, bullet-resistant barriers
By: Wilborn P. Nobles, III, September 9, 2020

 

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