Important Information about HoCoSAO due to the COVID-19 Emergency


Beginning on December 22, 2020, The Maryland Judiciary announced that it will extend Phase II operations of its five-phased progressive COVID-19 reopening plan to respond to the surge in COVID cases in Maryland through March 14, 2021. Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera has issued five new administrative orders, one of which requires that the Judiciary’s Phase II operations plan remain in effect through March 14, 2021. Another order also extends the suspension of jury trials through April 23, 2021. Clerks’ offices in the District Court of Maryland and circuit courts throughout the state will remain open to the public for emergency purposes and by appointment for other matters.

“The surge in COVID-19 cases during November is expected to be sustained through the winter,  making it necessary for the Maryland Judiciary to remain in Phase II of its operations plan,” said Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera, Maryland Court of Appeals. “We will continue to monitor the public health emergency and adjust court operations, as necessary, to protect the safety of the public, judges, and Judiciary personnel. We will also ensure that as many of the Judiciary’s core functions continue to the extent the emergency conditions allow.”

With COVID-19 health protocols in place statewide, the Maryland Judiciary had resumed full operations, including jury trials, on October 5, 2020. However, due to the surge in COVID-19 cases in Maryland, the Judiciary restricted its operations to Phase III on November 16, 2020, and then to Phase II on November 30, 2020. Find more information on COVID-19 and court operations online at https://www.mdcourts.gov/coronavirusinformationforpublic.

Visit the local court page for the latest information on hours of operation BEFORE arriving to court.

Please note: If you have any questions or concerns, please call our main line at 410-313-2108.

For more info, please go to:
https://mdcourts.gov/coronavirusupdate

The Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office will be operating in a limited capacity and can be contacted during normal business hours during this time:

For Howard County District Court – inquiries regarding serious traffic and criminal cases, bail reviews and current limited court hearings, or to speak to the attorney on duty:

Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(410) 480-7700

For Howard County Circuit Court – inquiries regarding cases and current limited court hearings, or to speak to the attorney on duty:

Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(410) 313-2108

Our Victim/Witness Assistance Unit remains available to address any questions and concerns you might have during this time.

Howard County SAO Victim/Witness Assistance Unit
410-313-3153
kvasco@howardcountymd.gov

For all other inquiries, please send an email to the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office at:

sao@howardcountymd.gov

We will continue to keep you abreast of the latest updates via our website and social media pages. If you need to reach anyone in our office, please call the number listed below or send us an email. We will respond promptly.

Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office Information:
https://howardcountysao.org/
410-313-2108
sao@howardcountymd.gov


Social Media Sites:

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@HowardCoSAO

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