Beginning June 8th, the Maryland courts will enter Phase II of their re-opening plan. This means courts will continue to be closed to the public, except for those who are necessary to the matters being 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. As the phases change and evolve, notices will be placed within a court facility and online at

Until further notice, the courts will continue using technology for remote proceedings, either by video or telephone.

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.

Please note: If our office needs you to appear in court during this time, we will contact you directly. If you have any questions or concerns, please call our main line at 410-313-2108.

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.

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 your case is not mentioned, please report to the specific Howard County Courthouse as indicated on your subpoena. The District Courthouse is located at 3451 Court House Drive,  Ellicott City, MD 21043. The Circuit Courthouse is located at 8360 Court Avenue, Ellicott City, MD 21043

Please be advised that every effort is made to include all cases, but some determinations may not be made until the day of trial and will not be reflected on this site. Thank you.

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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