Important Information about HoCoSAO due to the COVID-19 Emergency


March 26, 2020-COVID-19 Update:
A message from Howard County State’s Attorney Rich Gibson

 

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.

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.

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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