Maryland court closure extended to June 5.
The Maryland Judiciary extends the closure of all courts within the state through June 5, with an exception.
In one of the two administrative orders issued today by Maryland Court of Appeals Judge Mary Ellen Barbera, the Judge stated that; ”all courts in the Maryland Judiciary, court offices, administrative offices, units of the Judiciary, and the Offices of the Clerks of the Circuit Courts and the clerks’ offices of the District Court having been restricted to emergency operations and closed with limited exceptions beginning on March 17, 2020, shall remain restricted to emergency operations, except as otherwise described in this Order, and closed to the public with limited exceptions, through June 5, 2020, pending further order of the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals.”
The second of the administrative order provides guidance regarding the release of incarcerated and imprisoned residents who might be at risk of coronavirus due to their unlying health conditions.
The order also noted that Judges should “identify at-risk incarcerated persons for potential release to protect the health of at-risk incarcerated persons during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, with careful regard for the safety of victims and communities in general; with respect for the statutory rights of victims; and with due consideration given to public health concerns related to inmates who may have contracted COVID-19.”
It also noted that “judges should consider the risk that COVID-19 poses to people confined in correctional facilities… “