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OPD petitions high court to act quickly to reduce juvenile jail population

Maryland’s public defenders are asking the Court of Appeals to immediately reduce the number of youths in juvenile jails and prisons in light of the coronavirus pandemic. “This petition seeks extraordinary relief for extraordinary circumstances,” begins the petitioners’ brief, filed ...

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Stay-at-home order leaves appellate counsel generally unscathed

The Maryland governor’s stay-at-home order and court closings that have stunned the general populace and largely stymied trial attorneys have left appellate counsel largely unscathed, as their research, writing and argument preparation are generally accomplished indoors and in private. “In ...

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Lawyers, judges blast DOJ over lack of immigration court direction

While courts are largely closed as the coronavirus tears through the United States, most of the nation’s 68 immigration courts have remained open at the behest of the U.S. Department of Justice. The Trump administration has resisted calls from immigration ...

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Remote court capabilities become paramount in coronavirus pandemic

Using technology to conduct judicial business remotely has grown in popularity in recent years, but the COVID-19 pandemic has made the practice  almost a necessity for Maryland courts, as they take steps to allow cases and hearings to be conducted ...

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Barbera takes to YouTube, updates lawyers on virus response

Maryland’s top judge took to YouTube on Monday to update the state’s lawyers on the Judiciary’s efforts to keep the court system running as efficiently as possible amid emergency restrictions to combat the spread of the COVID-19 disease. “We are ...

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Md. attorneys adapt to remote work, try to keep business coming in

State and federal courthouses are running on skeleton crews and only conducting essential business during the COVID-19 pandemic, which leaves attorneys facing questions about how to run their offices and work with clients. Ivan Bates said his firm began making ...

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Baltimore prosecutors, defense, court work to reduce activity and decrease jail population

Criminal justice partners in Baltimore, which has the highest volume of criminal cases in the state, are working to reduce courthouse traffic, caseloads and the inmate population as the coronavirus pandemic continues. Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby told prosecutors ...

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Court of Appeals postpones oral arguments scheduled for early April

ANNAPOLIS – The Maryland Court of Appeals on Tuesday postponed the eight oral arguments it was scheduled to hear during the first week of April due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has spurred the high court’s chief judge to suspend ...

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