Inclement Weather Policy and Announcements
Circuit and District Courts
In accordance with Chief Judge Robert M. Bell’s Administrative Order, effective February 15, 1999, the authority and decision to close the Circuit Court including the Clerk’s Office rests with Judge Turnbull and likewise, the decision in the District Court remains with Judge Williams.
As part of this Order, courts should be closed only if the safety of citizens and court personnel would be seriously endangered were the courts not to close. In making the decision to close the administrative judge should be mindful of the heavy burden of cases and the disruption that closing would cause to litigants, witnesses, victims and other interested parties. Before making a decision, information about latest road conditions and weather forecasts are taken into consideration.
Once a decision is made, announcements regarding delayed openings or closings will be promptly placed on the following stations: WBAL radio (1090 AM); WBAL television (Channel 11); WJZ (Channel 13); WMAR (Channel 2) and WBFF (Channel 45). Information may also be obtained on the following telephone lines: Circuit Court 410-887-8660 and District Court 410-512-2000. Only delayed or closing announcements will be listed. No announcement will be made if the courts remain open.
Inclement Weather Policy for Jurors Only
Jurors should follow the same closings or delays given for Baltimore County Public Schools. If schools are closed no jurors should report and you will not need to reschedule, your name will go back into the juror pool for selection next year. If schools have a 1 or 2 hour delayed opening, reporting time for jurors is delayed in the same manner.
Revised February 1, 2013