Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility

Editorial Advisory Board

Editorial Advisory Board: Reopening our courts

Gavel

Asymptomatic “super-spreaders” and inadequate testing to detect them. Airborne viral microbes and antiquated ventilation systems. Jury rooms and trial tables too small to permit social distancing. Conferences up at the bench with lawyers and court personnel huddled together. Crowded public ...

Read More »

Editorial Advisory Board: Administering justice

Gavel

Recently, Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera released a “Statement on Equal Justice Under Law” urging “members of the system of justice” to  “assure that our courts do not suffer bias, conscious or unconscious,” and examine “the reasons for disproportionate impact ...

Read More »

Editorial Advisory Board: Protecting the child, obeying the Constitution

Gavel

Family court judges in Maryland follow the frequent practice of sua sponte adding a nondisparagement provision to divorce decrees, simply announcing that fact to the parties. While parties to a divorce can always enter into nondisparagement agreements voluntarily and have them enforced by ...

Read More »

Editorial Advisory Board: Affidavit judgments, due process, and emergency proceedings

Gavel

While we recognize the tremendous challenges facing the Maryland courts during the pandemic and court closure, we raise a troubling issue regarding some district courts that are issuing affidavit judgments during the court closure. Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera’s administrative ...

Read More »