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    This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. Maryland has a higher number of judges from diverse backgrounds than most other states, according to a new report. The Brennan Center for Justice released an update about state Supreme Court diversity late last month...
    This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. If Wednesday’s “1000 Women for Peter Franchot and Monique Anderson-Walker Luncheon” was a test run for the July 19 primary — to see whether the comptroller’s gubernatorial campaign can mobilize its supporters when...
    Emily Hofstaedter/Mother Jones Facts matter: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter. Support our nonprofit reporting. Subscribe to our print magazine.Late on Tuesday afternoon, a quiet but determined crowd began to gather outside the federal courthouse in Baltimore in a show of support for abortion rights. Like many others around the country, the protesters had...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Maryland’s highest court on Monday issued orders announcing the end of the COVID-19 health emergency period in the Maryland judiciary, effective April 4. “This is the final step in resuming complete Judicial operations, but we recognize that we still have more work to do,” said Chief Judge Joseph Getty. “We would not...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Maryland judiciary announced Friday masks will be optional in all state courts effective Monday, March 7. Unvaccinated visitors are still encouraged to mask up. Other health measures such as entrance screening are no longer required. READ MORE: All Residents Accounted For In Silver Spring Apartment ExplosionThe administrative judges of the circuit courts...
    The Maryland Judiciary has postponed jury trials until at least March 6 due to a surge of COVID-19 cases. A news release from the judiciary says clerks’ offices in both the District Court of Maryland and circuit courts throughout the state will remain open to the public and the Court of Appeals of Maryland and...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Maryland’s judiciary on Wednesday announced it will continue its moratorium on jury trials until February 14 as a COVID-19 surge, spurred by the Omicron variant, continues to break key metric records. The suspension in Maryland’s federal courts, announced Dec. 28, was meant to end Jan 24. The order was amended because...
    New jury trials in Maryland are being postponed due to the unprecedented rise in COVID-19 fueled by omicron. The Maryland Judiciary announced that all jury trials scheduled between Dec. 29 and Feb. 8 will be rescheduled. Specific types of court cases will also only be heard remotely.Court of Appeals of Maryland Chief Judge Joseph M. Getty...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland’s judiciary announced plans Monday to postpone jury trials and reduce other court operations amid a surge in coronavirus cases. The emergence of more contagious variants and the risk to those who are vaccinated and those who haven’t completed the vaccination process requires the return to more restrictive emergency operations, according...
    Maryland’s judiciary system announced that it will reduce operations and revert to Phase III of its reopening plan starting Wednesday, Dec. 29. This phase will remain in effect until Feb. 8 unless otherwise noted with circuit and district courts in Maryland remaining open to the public. Appellate courts in Maryland remain operational but remote proceedings may...
    Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) met with members of the Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission at the State House in November to accept the commission’s proposed electoral maps. This week, the Democratic supermajority in the General Assembly rejected that commission’s proposal and approved a plan crafted by the Legislative Redistricting Advisory Commission. (Courtesy the Executive...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Maryland judiciary personnel must either get vaccinated for COVID-19 or submit to weekly tests in order to report to work, according to an order issued Friday by Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera. “These are necessary measures to safeguard judges, employees, and court visitors from the spread of the...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Following the release of new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera on Friday ordered a universal masking mandate, regardless of vaccination status, in all courtrooms and judicial facilities. The new order takes effect Monday and applies to everyone except...
    ANNAPOLIS (WJZ) — The Maryland Judiciary will enter its fifth phase of reopening on April 26. All courts in the state will be fully operational with resumption of jury trials in criminal and civil cases in circuit courts statewide, consistent with COVID-19 emergency administrative orders. They will continue to follow CDC guidelines in the buildings...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland courts are moving into a new resumption of operations phase. The Maryland Judiciary will move into the fourth phase of its five-phased COVID-19 plan on Monday. READ MORE: Ravens Sign Former Giants Guard Kevin Zeitler In 3-Year, $22.5M Deal, According To Reports The clerks’ offices in the circuit courts and...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland courts are moving into a new resumption of operations phase. The Maryland Judiciary will move into the fourth phase of its five-phased COVID-19 plan on Monday. The clerks’ offices in the circuit courts and district court locations will be open to the public for all matters. However, the number of...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Jury trials in circuit and district courts are set to resume on April 26 as the Maryland Judiciary loosens COVID-19 restrictions. The judiciary said Monday it would move to its forth phase of operations on March 15. At that time, clerks’ offices will reopen to the public. The fifth stage, including...
    The Supreme Court threw out disputes Monday claiming Donald Trump profited from the presidency through financial interest in his private company in a breach of the Constitution’s emoluments clause. “The high court sent the cases, brought by a government watchdog group and the attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia, back to the...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Judiciary will further restrict courtroom operations and reduce the types of cases that will be heard virtually or in person due to the surge in coronavirus cases. Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera issued an order Tuesday night to return district and circuit courts in the state...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Judiciary will further restrict courtroom operations and reduce the types of cases that will be heard in court due to the surge in coronavirus cases. Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera issued an order Tuesday night to return district and circuit courts to Phase II of the...
    ANNAPOLIS (WJZ) — The Maryland Judiciary is restricting its operations to Phase III as coronavirus cases surge in the state. In Phase III, the District Court and circuit courts will only hear specific case types remotely or in-person, but jury trials will not be held. The Judiciary had resumed full operations under Phase V, including...
    ANNAPOLIS (WJZ) — Maryland federal courts will suspend all in-person proceedings and close courthouses to the public as coronavirus cases worsen throughout the state this month. All in-court hearings and proceedings for the District of Maryland will be suspended starting November 16. Some proceedings will be moved to virtual format and others will be postponed....
    ANNAPOLIS (WJZ) — Starting Monday, circuit courts across Maryland are allowed to reopen and be fully operational- meaning courts can hold jury trials in person again. There will be social distancing throughout the buildings and temperature checks when people enter. >WJZ has a new news app! Download it now!
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — After nearly seven months, circuit courts across Maryland are set to resume full operation with a number of changes in place due to the coronavirus. WJZ got a rare look inside the Baltimore County Courthouse to preview what people can expect when they show up for jury trials or other court proceedings....
    Maryland courts will resume holding jury trials, Monday, Oct. 5, entering the final phase of the courts system’s COVID-19 reopening plans  according to the Maryland Judiciary. Courts in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia have continued to perform most functions since the March outbreak of the coronavirus, but jury trials across all three jurisdictions...
    This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. Maryland will begin jury trials on Oct. 5, ending a long wait for defendants who have been in jail or on home detention since March, when courts closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic....
    With the pandemic still threatening public health, many football fans will, undoubtedly, choose to watch Thursday night’s opening game of the NFL season from the safety of their own homes. The NFL season kicks off at 7 p.m., when the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs host the Houston Texans. But some sports fans,...
    ANNAPOLIS (WJZ) — Phase IV of the Road to Recovery for the Maryland courts begins Monday. It’s part of its five-phased COVID-19 emergency progressive recovery plan. All of Maryland’s circuit and district courts will resume operations statewide. Non-jury trials and contested hearings in civil, family and juvenile cases will be heard.
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — The Maryland Judiciary announced Friday that it is entering Phase IV of its five phase reopening plan beginning on Monday, August 31. This phase will see the state’s circuit and district courts resume state-wide non-jury trials and contested hearings in civil, family and juvenile cases. As part of the reopening plan, anyone...
    This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee’s Courts & Criminal Justice Workgroup published a report Tuesday with 19 recommendations to help the state’s correctional and judiciary systems navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. “COVID-19 has prompted a...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera issued an Administrative Order on Friday clarifying COVID-19 health measures in courthouses and judicial branch facilities. It now includes additional requirements on wearing face masks inside courthouses and judicial branch facilities, including requiring face coverings during all court proceedings and providing disposable...
    This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. Hundreds of thousands of Marylanders are at risk of being put on the street with their belongings, after a federal moratorium on evictions expires Friday. Amid a continuing pandemic, neither those renters nor Maryland’s courts...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A number of pools and playgrounds in Baltimore are set to reopen on Monday after the coronavirus pandemic kept them closed for months. Beginning Monday, basketball courts, park playgrounds, exercise equipment and bocce courts citywide will reopen to the public, Baltimore’s parks and recreation department said. People are asked to bring their...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — The Maryland Department of Health reported Friday that the state’s positivity rate for the coronavirus is now at its lowest level since the pandemic started. In Anne Arundel County, masks are now mandatory outside if you can’t stay six feet apart. Even with the new mandate, Gov. Larry Hogan called out the county...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Starting next week, residents will be allowed to enjoy the sunshine at Baltimore City owned playgrounds, or shoot some hoops at the athletic courts. These spaces will reopen Monday, July 13. CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines The outdoor park...
    As Maryland’s courts reopen, Attorney General Brian Frosh has formed a COVID-19 Access to Justice Task Force to deal with preexisting racial inequities within the health care and justice systems, which are poised to be exacerbated by the ongoing public health crisis. In an online news conference, Frosh said economic hardship caused by business closures...
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