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Mary Ellen Barbera

Feb 8, 2023

Barbera’s COVID order trumped right to trial within 180 days, Md. appeals court rules

An order that suspended trials during the pandemic validly placed on hold the right of defendants to be tried within 180 days, Maryland’s second-highest court ruled.

Jan 6, 2023

Maryland Supreme Court holds first public session with new name

ANNAPOLIS – Maryland’s top court Friday held its first public session with a name other than the Court of Appeals, as it had been called since 1776. “Welcome to the Supreme Court of Maryland,” Chief Justice Matthew J. Fader said in opening a pre-session ceremony in the courtroom. “It’s going to take a little time […]

Sep 29, 2022

Md. appellate judges, lawyers form group to foster civility, mentoring

Maryland’s appellate judges and the attorneys who appear before them have formed a group to enhance civility on the bench and bar, as well as mentor young lawyers.

Sep 22, 2022

Md. Judiciary unveils Barbera’s official portrait, a first for a woman

The official portrait of retired Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera is the first of 24 such drawings of the state’s top jurists going back to 1778 to feature a woman.

Apr 28, 2022

High court upholds Barbera’s statute-of-limitations suspension

Maryland’s then top judge acted within her constitutional authority in suspending the deadline for filing civil claims as she closed the clerks’ offices to stanch the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the state’s high court unanimously ruled Wednesday. In its 7-0 decision, the Court of Appeals rejected arguments that former Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera […]

Apr 22, 2022

Getty plans to write book, serve as assigned judge in retirement

Recently retired Court of Appeals Chief Judge Joseph M. Getty, who often regales visitors to Maryland’s high court with stories of its history, said he plans to put his words to paper.

Sep 2, 2021

Maryland’s retiring top judge recalls ‘sleepless nights’ as she prepares to pass ‘the baton’

Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera didn't expect to spend her last 18 months trying to keep courts open in an effort to stanch a pandemic.

Sep 1, 2021

Md. high court opens term, will hear sniper, student school board member cases

Maryland’s top court opened its 2021-2022 session Wednesday, a term in which it will take up the appeal of a Beltway sniper in considering whether the state constitution permits violent juvenile offenders ever to be sentenced to life without parole. The Court of Appeals will also weigh whether counties violate the Maryland Constitution by having […]

Aug 31, 2021

Barbera’s final term included First Amendment, lost pet, gangland slaying cases

Maryland’s top court ended its 2020-2021 session Tuesday having issued rulings upholding Baltimore’s billboard tax against a free-speech challenge, limiting the compensation available for a negligently killed pet over a heartfelt dissent for beloved dogs and rejecting the duress defense for a gangland murder, saying the threat of death goes with the violent lifestyle. The […]

Jul 1, 2021

Frosh, Barbera, Shah urge lawyers to do more pro bono work due to pandemic

Maryland’s top attorney and judge Thursday urged the state’s 40,000 lawyers to represent at least one low-income litigant for free or to volunteer hours of legal services during the next year to help the growing number of people facing bankruptcy, eviction, loss of public benefits and debt collectors due to the pandemic-spurred economic spiral. “The […]

The Maryland Supreme Court (formerly the Court of Appeals) building in Annapolis. MF-D 9/20/04.
Jun 25, 2021

5 judges, 1 attorney vie for Maryland Court of Appeals seat

Five judges and an attorney are vying for a seat on Maryland’s top court that will become vacant when Judge Mary Ellen Barbera reaches the state’s mandatory judicial retirement age of 70 on Sept. 10.

Jun 16, 2021

Retiring Chief Judge Barbera thanks bench and bar for ‘wonderful ride’

Maryland’s retiring top jurist Wednesday ended her last public appearance on the bench by thanking the state’s judiciary and more than 40,000 attorneys for “keeping the rule of law strong.” “I am gratified beyond words to do the work of justice,” said Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera, who reaches Maryland’s mandatory judicial […]

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