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Bredar eases mask mandate for vaccinated U.S. court participants

Fully vaccinated participants in U.S. District Court proceedings in Maryland will be allowed to remove their masks at the presiding judge’s discretion beginning Tuesday, the federal court’s chief judge said, citing sharp reductions in the number of COVID-19 cases and ...

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With courts reopening, lawyers need vaccination priority, Md. bar group says (access required)

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 (access required)

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 (access required)

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 (access required)

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

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 (access required)

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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