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

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

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

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

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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Bar applicants can take test in fall or apprentice first, Md. court says

Maryland bar applicants will have the option this fall of taking an abbreviated, COVID-19-compelled online bar exam in October – and becoming licensed attorneys following passage – or serving as temporary legal practitioners under the watchful eyes of supervising attorneys ...

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