In response to modified COVID-19 protocols from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera issued five new administrative orders, effective June 1, 2021, clarifying COVID-19 health measures in courthouses and judicial branch facilities. The new orders rescind five previous orders to allow all judicial employees, including judges, and court visitors over the age of two who are fully vaccinated to enter the courthouses and judiciary facilities without face masks, unless the administrative judge or state court administrator determines there are certain settings that may require them.
“Recent changes to the CDC guidance for those who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 allows the Maryland Judiciary to move forward consistent with these protocols” said Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera. “More and more Maryland residents have responded to the call to be vaccinated, and COVID-19 infection rates have dropped steadily throughout Maryland. We will continue to monitor the state and local jurisdictions closely and respond as necessary to protect, as much as possible, the health and safety of all who use the courts and their services, as well as the Judiciary personnel who serve them.”
Under the new orders, in those jurisdictions that may require certain additional health measures, the administrative judges of the circuit court and district court must determine together whether to maintain equivalent restrictions in their respective courthouses.
The administrative orders stipulate that those who have not been vaccinated must continue to wear face masks and maintain social distancing. However, if they are participating as a litigant or witness in a court proceeding, they may be required by the presiding judge to remove their face mask and use a provided face shield. People who are in social “pods” or cohorts may sit/stand next to one another, but if unvaccinated, must continue to maintain social distance from others.
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 Monday, July 12th, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
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.
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