Beginning Monday, April 26, 2021, all Howard County Courts will begin Phase V of the Maryland Judiciary’s COVID-19 operations plan, including jury trials in Circuit Court. The spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to impact the daily operation of the Maryland Judiciary.

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.

For more info please click the attached link: www.mdcourts.gov/coronavirusupdate.

Information on this page will be updated no later than 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, with the exception of court holidays and weather-related closures.

NEW CIRCUIT COURTHOUSE LOCATION

The Circuit Court for Howard County will move to its new location on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. 

All events set in the Circuit Court for Howard County will be held in the new building at:

9250 Judicial Way

Ellicott City, MD  21043

Please contact the Victim Assistance Unit at 410-313-3153, prior to your scheduled court appearance to confirm your status as a witness.  You may also email kvasco@howardcountymd.gov if you have any questions.

Summoned Instructions

The following instructions apply to persons summoned by the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office for criminal cases.

All defendants should appear, unless otherwise instructed by their attorney. The following does not apply to defendants.

If our office needs you to appear in a Circuit Court case during this time, we will contact you directly. Please refer to the District Court information page for your witness status in a District Court case. If you have any questions or concerns, please call us 410-313-3153.

If you need parking or courthouse accessibility accommodations, please call 410-313-3153 in advance of your scheduled court appearance date.

 

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