COVID-19 Court Updates & Small Business Resources

Court Updates

  1. Governor Hogan issued an Executive Order on Monday, March 30th including a Stay at Home Order.  Law Firms are still considered essential and may remain open.  Click here for interpretive guidance and Click here for the full order.
  2. Maryland District Court issues Revised Policy on Interim Peace, Protective, and Extreme Risk Protective Orders (ERPOs).  Click here for additional information.
  3. The Office of Administrative Hearings has temporarily suspended any proceedings through May 1, 2020.  Click here for additional information.
  4. Baltimore City District Courts encourages attorneys to conduct remote conference calls for bail reviews.  Click here for additional information.
  5. The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland has entered Administrative Order 20-06 Addressing Certain Deadlines Related to Meetings of Creditors, Administrative Order 20-07 Addressing the Prohibition Against Recording Telephonic or Video Hearings and Administrative Order 20-08 Addressing Temporary Suspension of Courtesy Copy Deliveries. United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland
  6. Several members have expressed concern related to existing scheduling orders.  The BCBA is seeking clarification from the courts.
Resources for Businesses, including Law Firms
Grants and Loans for Maryland Businesses – Maryland businesses established for at least one (1) year and with employees (paid via W2) may be eligible for a grant or loan.  Grants do not have to be repaid.
  1. Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund – Grants up to $10,000.00.
    1. Small Business Relief Grant Fund
  2. Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Loan Fund – loan up to $50,000.00
    1. Emergency Relief Loan
Federal loan resources:1. Small business, private non-profits, homeowners, and renters may qualify for loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration.  Before you decide which program to apply for, it is highly recommended you read the Guide to the CARES Act.
a.Economic Injury Loan
b.Paycheck Protection Program