It’s all due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Annapolis, Md (KM) All jury trials in Maryland have once again been put on hold. An amended order from Chief Court of Appeals Judge Joseph Getty says jury trials will be postponed through March 6th due to the continued high rate of transmission of COVID-19. Judge Getty’s original order issued in late December suspended those trial until February 8th.
All jury trials which have begun can continue until completion. but trials scheduled through March fourth will be rescheduled. Marylanders who are currently serving as jurors, or have been told to report for jury duty through March fourth, should contact their local Circuit Courts.
The Maryland Judiciary has entered Phase III in its plan to reopen the courts. Jury trials won’t resume until the Judiciary is ready to enter Phase V , according to officials with the Maryland Judiciary.
Judge Getty’s new order says all District Court and Circuit Court clerks’ offices will remain open to the public.
“This amended order to extend our operations in Phase III is made with the intent to reduce community transmission of COVID-19 in the courts,” says Judge Getty, in a statement. “The Health and safety of Maryland litigants, judges, court employees and visitors remains a top priority. When we host jurors, it’s our job to ensure their safety to allow them to exercise their civic duties. Health and safety should not be a distraction. I want to remind Marylanders that, although reduced in operation, our courts remain open.”
By Kevin McManus