Maryland state courts close to the public beginning March 16 due to coronavirus

Posted at 7:30 PM, Mar 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-13 19:30:34-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Beginning on Monday, March 16, the Maryland State Courts will be closed to the public for three weeks due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Court personnel are to report to work as usual. The courts will be staffed to handle emergency matters including, but not limited to, domestic violence petitions, bail reviews, juvenile detention and shelter hearings, and search warrants.

“All courts in the Maryland Judiciary, court offices, administrative offices, units of the Judiciary, and the Offices of the Clerks of the Circuit Courts shall be closed to the public on an emergency basis, effective March 16, 2020; however, Judiciary operations shall continue to the extent practicable,” the Administrative Order on Statewide Judiciary Closing of the Courts to the Public Due to the COVID-19 Emergency states in part. “All other matters scheduled to be heard between March 16, 2020, through April 3, 2020, are postponed pending further order of the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals.”