That’s to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Annapolis, Md (KM) Court houses around the state will be minimally staffed through Friday, April 3rd. Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera has issued an order requiring only essential employees show up for work. All others who can work from home will be allowed to do so at the discretion of their supervisors.
This action follows the coronavirus emergency “In response to COVID-19, the Maryland Judiciary is taking further action to protect court visitors and Judiciary personnel,” says Chief Judge Barbera, in a statement. “The health and well being of all Marylanders continue to be a top priority as we ensure that essential court operations continue during this public health emergency.”
The court houses will be open for emergency matters such as domestic violence petitions, family law emergencies, extreme risk protective orders, bail reviews, juvenile detention hearings and search warrants. Non-emergency matters will be postponed.
The courts remain closed to the public until April 3rd, or until further notice. Jury trials have been suspended until early next month.
By Kevin McManus