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COVID-19 Coronavirus Updates and Guidance

The County is taking a number of actions to keep residents safe and minimize the spread of COVID-19. Find status information for County operations and services.

The Circuit Court

Current Status:

Modified 

Circuit Court

Baltimore County Circuit Court Closed to Public, With Limited Exceptions

Closed to the Public through May 1, Subject to Limited Exceptions

Based upon the Administrative Orders issued by Chief Judge Barbera of the Maryland Court of Appeals, courts throughout Maryland are generally closed to the public through May 1, 2020, subject to limited exceptions. Essential staff only will report to work. To the extent that it is reasonable, staff will telework. MDEC remains fully operational, and staff will be processing pleadings and orders.

The Circuit Court will continue to hear a limited range of matters that present special circumstance. These hearings will occur either through remote linkage or in person. The matters that will continue to be heard include bail and emergency habeas petitions, certain shelter matters, detentions, petitions for emergency evaluations. Please see the Administrative Order (PDF) for the complete list of proceedings that will continue to be heard. Public access to the Circuit Court building will be denied, except for persons scheduled to appear as a party or witness in a case that is subject to one of these exceptions.

Matters that are postponed based upon this emergency closure will be rescheduled, and a new hearing notice will be issued.

Jury Duty Suspended through May 1

Jury trials in all civil and criminal cases have been suspended during the period from March 16 through May 1. If you received a summons to appear for jury duty during that time, you do not need to report. Your name will go back into the jury pool for a new summons to be issued for a date in 2021.

Remote Proceedings

Courts throughout the state will continue to conduct remote proceedings using various communication platforms consistent with the Administrative Orders on the Implementation of Remote Electronic Participation in Judicial Proceedings (PDF) and the Remote Hearings Held During the COVID-19 Emergency (PDF).

Children and Family Matters

With schools closed and courthouses restricting operations to reduce exposure to COVID-19, custodians who live apart might be confused about changing family situations and their court orders. View a statement from the Maryland Judiciary (PDF) on matters concerning children and families.

Foreclosures and Evictions

Based upon the Administrative Order (PDF), foreclosures of residential property, foreclosures of the right to redeem residential property sold in a tax sale, residential evictions, and executions on residential real property under levy or lien are stayed and new or pending types of these actions will be accepted, but not processed during this time.

Drop Box for Filings

A drop box will be available at the entrance to the Circuit Court that is accessible from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to accept any paper filing that is not required to be made electronically through MDEC.

Additional Information

If you have a question as to whether your case has been reset, please check the status on the Maryland Judiciary Case Search, or contact the Central Assignment Office at 410-887-3497, or Civil Assignment Office at 410-887-2660.

Visit the Maryland Courts website for the latest information.

Notice Regarding the Coronavirus

We continue to monitor this situation closely. Any changes to court operations will be posted on this website.

The Court is expediting review of postponement requests during this situation. If a party, witness or counsel is exhibiting any symptoms that are associated with coronavirus, please file a request to postpone your Court appearance. If you are not scheduled to appear in Court and your business at the Courthouse is not time-sensitive, please consider postponing your visit until the State returns to normal operational levels.

Finally, please be aware that we have received reports of telephone scams where the caller claims that you have missed a court hearing and must pay cash to a representative of the Sheriff’s Office to avoid legal action. These are not legitimate calls. No officer of the Court is authorized to call and request cash payment or a credit card number. Please report any such calls to the police.

Photograph of the Circuit Courts Building.

Baltimore County Courts Building
401 Bosley Avenue
Towson, Maryland 21204
Phone: 410-887-2139
Email:baltcocc@mdcourts.gov

The Circuit Court for Baltimore County is the trial court of general jurisdiction. This means it is the designated court to hear:

  • Major Civil Cases (over $30,000 in controversy)
  • All jury trials, criminal or civil
  • Criminal Cases
    • Felonies
    • District Court Appeals and Jury Trial Requests
  • Juvenile and Family Law Cases

The Circuit Court also serves as a forum for appeals from the District Court of Maryland and certain administrative agencies (known as Judicial Review of agency decisions).

The Maryland Constitution and Maryland State law are the sources of the Circuit Court’s authority, powers and jurisdiction.

The Circuit Court operates from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, with the exception of Court Holidays.

Note: Baltimore Circuit Courts are a separate judicial jurisdiction from those of Baltimore City.

Handicapped and Foot Traffic Access

Due to a construction project the entrance to the County Courts Building has been altered.

  • Foot traffic will be directed to the temporary steps next to the building's entrance on Chesapeake Avenue.
  • Handicapped persons should enter by the ramp on the Pennsylvania Avenue side of the building.
  • There is handicapped metered parking on both Pennsylvania and Baltimore Avenues.

Contact Court Offices

Contact information for Court offices is available online.

Daily Docket

The Daily Docket is updated between 4 and 4:30 p.m. each day for the next day's docket.

Case Transcript Request

Complete a transcript request form online for a CD or typed transcript of a court case.

Cell Phone and Tablet Policy

Cell phones, tablets and similar electronic devices are permitted in the Courthouse, provided that the device clears security. Possession and use of cell phones and other electronic devices may be limited or prohibited in designated areas of the Court facility.

Security Protocol

The Circuit Court for Baltimore County requires all employees, visitors, litigants, witnesses and attorneys to pass through a security checkpoint at the main entrance. Uniformed police officers on official duty, have a separate protocol.

 
Revised March 31, 2020         

 

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