COVID-19 Updates

CURRENT OPERATIONS NOTICE REGARDING PROCEEDINGS IN THE COURT OF SPECIAL APPEALS DURING THE COVID-19 EMERGENCY.

Updated: June 1, 2021

Please review this entire notice, which provides important information regarding operations in the Court of Special Appeals during the COVID-19 Emergency. This notice will be updated as we receive new information. Pursuant to Chief Judge Barbera’s May 25, 2021 amended Administrative Order,*  the Court of Special Appeals is in Phase V of reopening and is fully operational. Subject to health screening in certain circumstances the Clerk’s Office is open to the public during its normal business hours, 8:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m.  Court staff will remain available by phone from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM at (410) 260-1450.

The Court continues to receive and process filings in all cases, and all deadlines in existing cases remain in place. Filings by attorneys and registered e-filers must be made through the MDEC system. Filings by other parties can be made by mail, by delivery to the Court in person, or through a courier.

Reviewing appellate records. Paper records may be reviewed at the Courts of Appeal Building by making an appointment with the Clerk’s Office. Please call 410-260-1450 to make your appointment. The Clerk requests that you call at least 1 day prior to your anticipated appointment. Appointments will be offered Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. When you arrive for your appointment, you will be subject to a security screening and you may be subject to a health questionnaire.  Unless you have completed COVID-19 vaccine protocols, you must wear a mask covering your nose and mouth at all times while you are in the Courts of Appeal Building. You will be provided additional information when you make your appointment.

Oral Arguments. The Court will hold in-person oral arguments for its July 2021 session and for future sessions.

We appreciate your continued patience while we work through this situation.  Please be assured that the safety of the public and the Court’s employees remains paramount.

* This Administrative Order and other extant administrative orders can be found here.