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COVID-19 Response - Information and Orders

On November 11, 2020, the Court announced a reduction in phasing in response to worsening COVID-19 virus data, effective November 16, 2020.  All in-person proceedings are suspended, and the Courthouses are closed to the public.  On November 19, 2020, the Court extended the duration of these restrictions through January 15, 2021.  On January 4, 2021, these restrictions were further extended through February 26, 2021.  

On February 17, 2021, the Court announced its return to Phase Three of its Recovery Plan, effective March 1, 2021.  

Although the Courthouses are currently closed to the public, all persons seeking to enter must wear a face covering or mask at all times and maintain at least six feet of physical distance from others while in the building.  Visitors should also expect to be screened for flu-like symptoms, including possibly fever tested, and may be denied entry if exhibiting such symptoms.  Self-represented litigants may deposit and date-stamp papers in drop boxes at the entrance to each Courthouse between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Please be advised that the Clerk's Office no longer accepts cash payments as of October 22, 2020.

Please click here for a message from Chief Judge James K. Bredar for prospective jurors outlining safety measures in place at both courthouses in the District of Maryland.

A complete list of all COVID-19 related orders currently in effect is found below.  This page will be updated as additional changes are made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.