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Maryland Judiciary to restrict operations to Phase II of reopening plan

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Posted at 7:42 PM, Nov 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-25 08:57:22-05

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Maryland Judiciary announced on Tuesday that it will restrict operations to Phase II of its five-phased progressive reopening plan to respond to the surge in COVID cases in the state.

Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera says the transition will be made effective Monday, November 30.

“The Maryland Judiciary continues to proactively monitor the current COVID-19 public health crisis in Maryland, therefore, the Judiciary must alter its court operations for the second time in two weeks in order to protect the health and wellbeing of all,” said Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera. “COVID-19 cases in Maryland are increasing at a rapid pace and with the Thanksgiving Day holiday upon us, it is imperative that the Judiciary respond to the current health situation by restricting court operations further. As always, the Judiciary will keep the public apprised of any changes in operations and ensure that as many of the core functions of the Judiciary will remain available to the extent the emergency conditions allow.”

RELATED: Maryland State, Federal courts make significant changes amid rising COVID-19 rate

The courts two weeks ago once again suspended jury trials and made other significant changes.

Find the new administrative orders here.