Maryland District Court to Remain in Phase 2 Reopening Until March 14, 2021
On December 22, Chief Judge Barbera issued an new administrative order requiring the Judiciary to remain in Phase 2 operations through March 14, 2021. Clerks’ offices in the District Court of Maryland and circuit courts throughout the state will remain open to the public for emergency purposes and by appointment for other matters.
The Maryland Judiciary had resumed full operations, including jury trials, on October 5, 2020. However, due to the surge in COVID-19 cases across the State, the Judiciary restricted its operations to Phase III on November 16, 2020, and then to Phase II on November 30, 2020.
What does this mean to AOBA members?
Under the Court’s phased re-opening plan, Landlord-Tenant matters will resume during Phase 3 and Phase 4. During Phase 3, the Court will hear rent escrow actions, tenant holding over actions, breach of lease and wrongful detainer actions. During Phase 3 the Court will also process warrants of restitution for failure to pay rent actions to begin after July 25, 2020 (consistent with the Sixth Amended Administrative Order on the Suspension During the COVID-19 Emergency of Foreclosures, Evictions, and Other Ejectments Involving Residences) Failure to pay rent cases will resume during Phase 4 of the Court’s reopening.