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Tag Archives: Maryland Law COVID-19

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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OPD seeks release of select inmates to slow virus spread

The Maryland Office of the Public Defender is pushing for the release of certain inmates from detention centers to reduce the threat of the COVID-19 virus spreading in those populations. Maryland Deputy Public Defender Becky Feldman said Tuesday that her ...

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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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State, federal courts further restrict entry and proceedings over virus

State and federal courts in Maryland are further reducing activities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new and revised administrative orders issued Monday night. Maryland state courts, which Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera previously closed ...

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High court approves emergency powers for chief judge in pandemic

ANNAPOLIS – Maryland’s top court Monday unanimously approved COVID-19 pandemic-inspired rules that immediately gave its chief judge sweeping emergency authority to have cases moved to other courthouses or, if necessary, to any suitable and available building. Court of Appeals Chief ...

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Law firms step in to help businesses transition as virus spreads

While some Baltimore businesses can simply send their employees home to work, many other employers are facing difficult legal questions about how to proceed during the coronavirus pandemic and have turned to local law firms for help. The effects of ...

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Maryland courts to close to public for 3 weeks

Maryland courts will close to the public for three weeks starting Monday to reduce the number of people in courthouses during the coronavirus pandemic, Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera announced Friday evening. “All courts in the Maryland ...

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Md. federal courts postpone all proceedings through March 27

One day after announcing the suspension of all jury trials effective Monday, federal courts in Maryland are postponing all proceedings set to begin next week in response to the coronavirus pandemic. U.S. District Chief Judge James K. Bredar issued a revised ...

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Court to vote Monday on giving chief emergency powers

ANNAPOLIS – Maryland’s top court will vote Monday afternoon on a COVID-19 pandemic-inspired proposal to give its chief judge sweeping emergency authority to have cases moved to other courthouses or, if necessary, to any suitable and available building. Court of ...

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Md. courts to suspend non-essential activities, postpone jury trials

Maryland courts will suspend all non-essential judicial activities effective immediately and suspend all jury trials beginning Monday in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera issued an order Thursday evening suspending out-of-state and out-of-country travel, requiring the minimization ...

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