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A sign posted at Baltimore's Mitchell Courthouse directs visitors to Courthouse East on Thursday. The Mitchell was closed due to a water main break a few blocks away on Lexington Street. (Daily Record photo by Danny Jacobs.)

Water main break closes Baltimore courthouse — but don’t blame the weather

At least one recent water main break in Baltimore was not caused by the frigid temperatures.

Baltimore’s Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Courthouse is expected to open Friday after closing early Thursday because of a water main break.

The break occurred on Lexington Street just east of the courthouse and happened when a contractor doing sewer work hit a water pipe, according to Linzy Jackson, a community liaison with the city’s Department of Public Works.

Jackson said he expected the break to be repaired by the close of business Thursday night.

Baltimore City Circuit Court Administrative Judge W. Michel Pierson said Thursday there was no water damage inside the Mitchell Courthouse. Five judges were relocated to courtrooms in Courthouse East to hear cases, he said.

The city circuit court opened on time Thursday despite the early morning snow. The storm closed courthouses in southern Maryland and the lower Eastern Shore, including circuit and district courts in Calvert, Caroline, Charles, Dorchester, Somerset, St. Mary’s, Wicomico and Worcester counties.

Meanwhile, repairs continue on the Prince George’s County courthouse in Upper Marlboro after water lines in the courthouse broke last weekend. The incident has shut down all week the courthouse’s Bourne Wing, which houses the district court, as well as the Marbury Wing and the Marbury expansion, according to the Judiciary.

The county’s circuit court reopened Tuesday and three jury trials were moved to courtrooms at U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, according to the Judiciary.

About Danny Jacobs

Danny Jacobs is the legal editor at The Daily Record. He previously covered trial courts at the state and local levels and served as web editor.