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Legislature urged to drop sunset provision on legal services funding (access required)

Maryland’s legal service providers that aid low-income residents in everything from domestic violence proceedings to foreclosures told a Senate committee Tuesday they need legislators to do away with a sunset provision on civil filing fee surcharges that fund the majority ...

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General Assembly to again consider broadcasting sentencing hearings (access required)

A Baltimore city delegate has reintroduced legislation to allow media organizations to film and broadcast criminal sentencing proceedings after his bill died in committee during last year’s General Assembly session. Del. Frank M. Conaway Jr.’s cameras in the courtroom bill ...

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Justice Reinvestment Act result of major compromise, but work remains (access required)

Many of the far-reaching implications of the criminal justice overhaul known as the Justice Reinvestment Act are clear but legislators and stakeholders expect still more will come to light and need attention prior to the bill’s October 2017 enactment date. ...

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Partial expungement fails in Md. General Assembly despite last-minute efforts (access required)

Eleventh-hour logistics killed a bill with bipartisan support in the General Assembly that would have allowed people to expunge online evidence of crimes that didn’t result in convictions. House Bill 220, which was amended to limit its impact to Maryland ...

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Attorneys make last-minute protest to Md. garnishment bill (access required)

A bill to change the way creditors garnish bank accounts has not faced opposition at committee hearings in the General Assembly, but consumer advocates are now mounting last-minute opposition after learning this week about the legislation’s existence. Senate Bill 397 ...

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Here’s where bills affecting criminal and family law stand in the General Assembly (access required)

With three weeks left in the General Assembly session, a number of bills affecting the courts are still moving through the legislature with varying degrees of support from attorneys.

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Bills to eliminate witness requirement in Md. divorce cases could be combined (access required)

Two similar bills in the General Assembly that would eliminate the requirement that divorcing couples bring corroborating witnesses to court to prove their grounds may be combined after discussions between their sponsors at a hearing Tuesday.

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