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 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.

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:

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

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

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.

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