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High court approves emergency powers for chief judge in pandemic

The term will mark Mary Ellen Barbera’s eighth and final full session as Court of Appeals chief judge. Barbera, the first woman to serve as Maryland’s top jurist, will reach the state’s mandatory judicial retirement age of 70 next September.

ANNAPOLIS – Maryland’s top court Monday unanimously approved COVID-19 pandemic-inspired rules that immediately gave its chief judge sweeping emergency authority to have cases moved to other courthouses or, if necessary, to any suitable and available building. Court of Appeals Chief ...

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