Important Information about HoCoSAO due to the COVID-19 Emergency


On March 15, 2021, the Maryland Judiciary will begin Phase IV of its COVID-19 five-phased progressive resumption of operations plan. Phase V full operations resume on April 26, 2021, including jury trials. The Judiciary has been in Phase II emergency operations since November 30, 2020.

Beginning March 15, the clerks’ offices in the circuit courts and District Court locations will be open to the public for all matters, though the number of people may be limited to achieve COVID-19 social distancing requirements.

Related administrative orders have been updated and clarified. The revised administrative orders regarding the phased resumption of operations are located at mdcourts.gov/coronavirusorders.

COVID-19 health protocols remain in place in all courthouses and Judiciary buildings statewide, including the wearing of masks, no-contact temperature checks, a verbal or written COVID-19 health questionnaire, and social distancing. These protocols apply to all people over the age of two, regardless of vaccine status.

“With the reduction in the COVID-19 infection rates in Maryland and vaccines being provided systematically statewide, the Maryland Judiciary will move forward with its phased resumption plan. After expanding court proceedings and making a broader range of court services available to the public, the circuit courts will resume jury trials on April 26th,” said Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera. “Safeguarding the health of members of the public coming to the courts and other Judiciary facilities and the Judiciary personnel who serve them remains an essential priority. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 health emergency and respond when and if conditions require. We also will continue to make access to justice for all a reality as much as is possible during every phase of emergency operations.”

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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