COVID-19 Updates

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

Updated:  July 29, 2020

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 June 3, 2020 amended Administrative Order,* as of Monday, July 20, 2020, the Court of Special Appeals is in Phase III of reopening.  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 a health questionnaire.  While in the Courts of Appeal Building, you must wear a mask over your nose and mouth at all times.  You will be provided additional information when you make your appointment.

Oral Arguments.  The Court anticipates resuming in-person oral arguments soon, but, at least for arguments in the September 2020 session of the Court, oral arguments will be conducted remotely on a platform known as Zoom. 

If arguments are held remotely, public access to arguments will be provided by live streaming the arguments and then posting a recording of the argument on the Court’s webpage as soon as possible after arguments have concluded.

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.