Maryland Courts Announce Phased Re-opening
The Chief Judge of the Maryland Court of Appears, Mary Ellen Barbera, has issued an Administrative Order outlining the phased re-opening of Maryland's courts.
Maryland is currently operating under Phase 1 of the five phase plan. Beginning June 5 at 5 p.m., the Maryland Judiciary will move to Phase 2. During Phase 2, courts will continue to be closed to public except for those who are necessary for the matters being heard. Each phase will represent an increase in the level of activity within each courthouse and court office.
In accordance with CDC and State health guidance, those seeking to access the courthouse or court offices are subject to the following: (1) COVID-19 screening questions, (2) non-contact temperature checks where available, (3) required to wear face masks or coverings, (4) required to maintain social distancing. Courts are also authorized to conduct remote proceedings through the end of Phase 4.
Landlord-Tenant matters will resume during Phase 3 and 4. Phase 3 will begin on July 20, 2020 and continue until August 30. During this phase, the District Court will hear rent escrow actions (provided the local health department is able to inspect the unit); tenant holding over actions; and warrants of restitution. During Phase 4, from August 31 through October 4, 2020, the District Court will hear failure to pay rent cases. Cases that were in process pre-COVID will proceed during phases 3 and 4.