Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera began her tenure as the state’s top jurist and the Judiciary’s lead administrator in July 2013 by pledging to strive for the “equal, fair and timely administration of justice.”
Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera said she’d do it and indeed she did. By the August 31 deadline that Judge Barbera set for the Court of Appeals, she and her colleagues on the bench have issued opinions in all 127 cases heard in the 2013-2014 term.
Non-complete clauses, high-speed trains, preventing justice delayed round out the roundup.
Maryland's top court has made it easier for the public to track appeals the judges have agreed to hear, adding a "pending cases" link to its website.
Mary Ellen Barbera spent many of her first 100 days as Maryland’s top jurist visiting the state’s circuit and district courts, a half-finished trek that she said has revealed to her many aging courthouses that are too small for their workloads or not designed to handle 21st century technology.
Before stepping down in July, retired Chief Judge Robert M. Bell issued opinions in three criminal appeals cases that had been sitting on his desk for at least five-and-a-half years after they were argued.
Kudos to Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera, who promised this week that the top court will issue its decisions “at the very latest” by the Aug. 31 after which appeals are heard, calling it “a new policy” that will be “immediately implemented.”
Maryland’s top court issued two long-awaited decisions Wednesday, including one in which a convict waited more than seven years for the Court of Appeals to rule on his challenge to his five-year sentence.
It took more than six years, but Maryland’s top court on Thursday upheld Tony Lamont Haile’s animal-cruelty conviction for injuring a police dog sent to subdue him.
Maryland’s top court on Wednesday overturned a man’s double-murder conviction and life sentence – five-and-a-half years after the Court of Appeals heard arguments in his appeal.
Four of the cases featured in the August 2011 Daily Record report were decided by the Court of Appeals in the past year.
What were the biggest news stories of 2011? Race cars zooming around the Inner Harbor? Potential promised (new development in Owings Mills) or potential unrealized (development in East Baltimore, the future of horse racing in Maryland)? Maybe it can be summed up in a word: Constellation; ICC; Ed Hale. Or “guilty” in the cases (literally) […]