Court Operating Procedures Update

The spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to impact the daily operation of the Maryland Judiciary. Maryland’s courts are now in Phase 3 of its reopening plan. Clerks’ offices in the circuit courts and District Court of Maryland are now OPEN. Visit the local court page for the latest information on hours of operation BEFORE arriving to court.

PLEASE NOTE: Beginning on Monday, July 20, the Maryland moved into Phase 3 of the Maryland Judiciary’s reopening plan. The plan guides courts across the state of Maryland as to how they should gradually return to full operations throughout the next several weeks and months. During Phase 3, clerk’s offices in both the District Court of Maryland and circuit courts will reopen throughout the state and additional court matters will be scheduled and heard.

There are five phases in the plan and each phase will represent an increase in the level of activity within each courthouse and court office. Depending on the current state of COVID-19 throughout Maryland, it may be necessary for a court and/or jurisdiction to adjust phases.

The Judiciary is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and evaluating its ongoing response to this public health emergency. Some courts will continue using technology for remote proceedings, either by video or telephone, but please note that this will vary by court location. The general public, members of the media, and attorneys should reference the COVID-19 webpages for the latest information on individual court operations. Court closings related to coronavirus.

Additionally, the courts are requiring any individual, including employees, seeking access to a courthouse or court office location to:

  • Answer a set of screening questions;
  • Be subject to temperature checks;
  • Wear a facial covering or mask; and
  • Practice social distancing.

The Maryland courts started implementing the reopening plan on June 5. If COVID-19 conditions allow, the Maryland Judiciary will move to Phase IV on August 31, 2020. Phase IV will mark the resumption of non-jury trials and other contested matters in the District Court of Maryland and circuit courts.