Beginning August 31, 2020,  Maryland courts entered Phase IV of their re-opening plan. This means courts have resumed in-person, non-jury trials and contested hearings.  There are five phases in the re-opening plan. Each phase will represent an increase in the level of activity within each courthouse and court offices, with the goal of resuming jury trials after October 5, 2020.   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

During this Phase, the courts are encouraged to continue using technology for remote proceedings, either by video or telephone. Exceptions will be made if it becomes necessary to schedule an in-person hearing.  Please refer to the link below to review what safety measures Maryland courts have implemented for those required to enter the courthouses.

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.

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 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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