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With courts reopening, lawyers need vaccination priority, Md. bar group says

The letter-writing effort was spurred by private attorneys concerned that their impending return to the courtroom amid the pandemic poses a danger not only to themselves but to litigants, jurors and court staff whom they might unknowingly infect, MSBA President Mark F. Scurti said Thursday.
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Maryland lawyers should be given priority for receiving COVID-19 vaccinations as courthouses are set to reopen next month and jury trials are scheduled to resume in April, the state’s bar association writes in a letter being circulated among local attorney ...

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Federal in-court proceedings resume March 1, Bredar says

U.S. District Chief Judge James K. Bredar

The U.S. District Court for Maryland will resume some in-person court proceedings March 1 and jury trials two weeks later, the court’s chief judge ordered Wednesday, citing significant improvement in combating the pandemic that has forced operations to be conducted ...

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Montgomery criminal trials suspended as COVID hits state’s attorney’s office

Tina Nguyen, a nurse at at the International Community Health Services clinic in Seattle's International District, examines a nose swab while conducting walk- and drive-up testing for COVID-19, Friday, May 15, 2020. As testing supplies for coronavirus have become more abundant, the clinic has been able to offer testing to anyone in the community by appointment if they are experiencing symptoms. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Criminal trials in Maryland District Court have been suspended in Montgomery County until at least Dec. 21 as 20 employees of the state’s attorney’s office there have been sidelined by the COVID-19 virus, either by testing positive or having been ...

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DeWolfe seeks suspension of misdemeanor proceedings

Maryland’s rules on setting bail and other pretrial conditions are relatively liberal but are not applied that way, Public Defender Paul B. DeWolfe says. “In practice, amounts of money are [selected] randomly,” he said. “Setting of bail is really all over the map in Maryland.” (Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)

Chief Maryland Public Defender Paul B. DeWolfe called on the state’s top jurist Monday to suspend misdemeanor trial proceedings in district court for all non-incarcerated defendants, except those alleging domestic violence, due to the possibility of exposure to COVID-19 in ...

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Md. jury trial suspension elicits lawyers’ frustration, understanding, concerns

The large amount of police body camera footage is 'remarkable,' Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott D. Shellenberger says, and it has multiplied as more officers receive cameras so there is more footage for each arrest.

Prosecutors, defense counsel and civil litigators have greeted with frustration but understanding the decision by Maryland’s top jurist to suspend jury trials again, just six weeks after they resumed, due to resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We were running smoothly,” ...

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In Montgomery County, trials resume with masked jurors amid pandemic

The Montgomery County experience is being or will shortly be replicated in courtrooms across Maryland’s 22 other counties and Baltimore city.

Montgomery County’s first criminal jury trial in a socially distanced world went “flawlessly,” and the selection of the masked jurors went “quicker than normal,” the county’s chief prosecutor said Thursday. State’s Attorney John McCarthy said the jury was selected within ...

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Md. courts make adjustments to resume jury trials Oct. 5, judges say

“The days of packing jurors in jury rooms across this state and sitting shoulder to shoulder in a jury box are over for now,” said Prince George’s County Circuit Judge Sheila R. Tillerson Adams. (Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)

Maryland’s circuit courts will be ready to resume jury trials Oct. 5 in a socially distanced world by taking creative steps, such as converting firehouses to jury rooms, conducting jury selection via Zoom and having jurors sit and deliberate in ...

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