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Remote court capabilities become paramount in coronavirus pandemic

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Using technology to conduct judicial business remotely has grown in popularity in recent years, but the COVID-19 pandemic has made the practice  almost a necessity for Maryland courts, as they take steps to allow cases and hearings to be conducted ...

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State, federal courts further restrict entry and proceedings over virus

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State and federal courts in Maryland are further reducing activities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new and revised administrative orders issued Monday night. Maryland state courts, which Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera previously closed ...

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Md. courts to suspend non-essential activities, postpone jury trials

Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera says the proposed name change necessary because the current moniker is “the source of much confusion.” (The Daily Record/File Photo)

Maryland courts will suspend all non-essential judicial activities effective immediately and suspend all jury trials beginning Monday in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera issued an order Thursday evening suspending out-of-state and out-of-country travel, requiring the minimization ...

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Judiciary testing text alerts for district court defendants

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The Maryland Judiciary is testing a system that texts court date notifications to defendants with the hope that the reminders will increase appearance rates. The program launched Monday and allows defendants in district court who are screened for public defender representation for criminal ...

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Barbera, fellow judges press lawmakers for judicial pay raise

Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera. (File photo)

ANNAPOLIS – Maryland’s top jurist pressed senators Wednesday to approve what would be the first judicial pay raise in three years, saying a salary increase is necessary to attract and retain the best legal talent for the bench. “There is ...

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Baltimore lawyer’s lawsuit against Court of Appeals chief judge dismissed

10.15.13 BALTIMORE, MD- Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera, Maryland Court of Appeals.  (Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)

A Baltimore lawyer’s lawsuit against Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera challenging the judicial appointment process has been dismissed. Rickey Nelson Jones, a Baltimore attorney who was not recommended to fill vacancies on the Anne Arundel Circuit Court ...

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Court of Appeals recommends MSBA committee’s work on voir dire

Maryland judges have significant latitude in how to conduct voir dire, but one method recently received a seal of approval from state’s top court. Writing for a unanimous Court of Appeals last month, Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera included “a ...

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