Civil Case Status due to COVID-19 Emergency
All civil trials and civil pre-trial conferences have been canceled through June 5, 2020.
Filing of papers in civil cases may continue to be done by mail or by delivery to the filing lockboxes available on business days from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Calvert Street and Fayette Street (ADA accessible) entrances to the Mitchell Courthouse. All packages for filing should be marked prominently on the envelope as EMERGENCY or NON-EMERGENCY to assist in giving priority to emergency matters. See Administrative Judge Carrión’s Updated Letter Regarding Processing of Filings/Need for Email Address. For emergency matters, the filing party also should contact either the Civil Assignment Office (410-333-3755) or Judge Fletcher-Hill’s chambers (410-396-6826) to direct attention to the matter.
As Administrative Judge Carrión has stated, see Updated Letter Regarding Processing of Filings/Need for Email Address, the court is aware of the impact the COVID-19 emergency is having on parties’ ability to proceed with discovery and to meet other scheduling order deadlines. There has not been a blanket extension or suspension of those deadlines, but the court will consider necessary modifications to scheduling orders once the court resumes more regular operations. Please do not file motions to modify scheduling orders now.
Many motions hearings on the chambers and fast track dockets are being heard by telephone conference call pursuant to Maryland Rules 2-802 and 2-803. If a hearing is to be conducted in this way, the court will contact the parties with the conference call information.
Pursuant to Administrative Judge Carrión’s Administrative Order 2020-07, all motions and responses concerning discovery matters in civil/non-domestic cases must be filed both virtually at firstname.lastname@example.org and physically either by mail or in the courthouse filing lockbox. The papers may have an electronic signature that complies with Maryland Rule 20-107 for signatures in MDEC jurisdictions. Administrative Order 2020-08. Please make sure these filings distinguish between emergency and non-emergency matters and that counsel’s email address, if any, is included in the signature block.
Daily postponement court is not meeting. Postponement requests that otherwise would be presented at postponement court and any other questions about scheduled proceedings may be directed to the Civil Assignment Office at (410) 333-3755.
Pursuant to Chief Judge Barbera’s March 18, 2020 Administrative Order on Suspension of Foreclosures and Evictions during the COVID-19 Emergency, all mortgage foreclosure and tax sale foreclosure actions involving residential property are stayed. No foreclosure sales or evictions or ejectments involving residential property are permitted. Papers may be filed in these actions. New actions that are filed are stayed upon filing.