Maryland courts will extend the pause on jury trials until at least March amid a recent surge in COVID-19 cases.
The Maryland judiciary announced Friday that Phase III operations will continue until March 6. Until then, no jury trials will be held. Other court proceedings can still be heard, either remotely or in person, and jury trials that are already underway can continue until they are complete.
Maryland’s appeals courts will remain operational, but the chief judge will decide whether to hold proceedings in person or remotely.
The February bar exam is still set to proceed in person as scheduled, according to the latest order.
Friday’s order follows the decision in December to postpone jury trials until February.
Federal jury selections have also been paused until Feb. 14. They were initially put on hold until Jan. 24.