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March 16, 2020 9:07 PM

Circuit Court for Calvert County COVID-19 Update Effective March 25, 2020

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – March 25, 2020 – Calvert County Government announces additional changes to county events, operations and court proceedings.
The rapidly evolving health emergency regarding the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing us to continually review and evaluate contingency planning efforts.
By way of the Administrative Order dated March 25, 2020, 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 continue to be restricted to emergency operations and closed with limited exceptions, as outlined below, through May 1, 2020, pending further order of the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals. Courthouse and court office staffing across the state will be reduced to “essential employees” only.
Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera’s new Administrative Order provides in part as follows:
(f) In keeping with the urgency of the following mandatory matters and consistent with statutory requirements, such matters shall continue to be scheduled or heard, either in person or remotely pursuant to the Administrative Order on Remote Electronic Participation in Judicial Proceedings, June 18, 2018. (The court shall notify all participants necessary to the proceeding.):

(3) In the Circuit Courts:
(A) bail reviews/bench warrants
(B) arraignments for detained defendants
(C) juvenile detention hearings
(D) emergency evaluation petitions
(E) quarantine and isolation petitions
(F) extradition cases
(G) body attachments
(H) extreme risk protective order appeals

All other emergency matters shall be handled pursuant to (g);

(4) In the District Court:
(A) bail reviews/bench warrants
(B) emergency evaluation petitions
(C) quarantine and isolation violations
(D) body attachments

District Court Commissioners shall handle the following matters:
(A) new extreme risk protective order petitions
(B) new domestic violence protective petitions
(C) new peace order petitions
(D) initial appearances
(E) applications for statement of charges
(F) acceptance of bail bonds
(G) bench warrant satisfactions

All other emergency matters shall be handled pursuant to (g);

(g) For all other emergency matters including those listed below, the administrative judge or his or her designee shall review the petition, determine whether it must be heard in person, or can be heard with remote electronic participation, or can be scheduled after the emergency period has ended, or can be resolved without a hearing:
(1) shelter care hearings and/or related adjudications
(2) emergency delinquency hearings
(3) emergency Habeas Corpus petitions
(4) emergency issues in guardianship matters
(5) domestic violence protective orders
(6) appeals from peace orders
(7) family law emergencies
(8) temporary restraining orders
(9) criminal competency matters
(10) motions regarding:
(A) extreme risk protective orders
(B) domestic violence protective orders
(C) peace orders
(11) contempt hearings related to peace or protective orders
(12) matters involving locally incarcerated defendants;

(j) All other matters scheduled to be heard through May 1, 2020, are hereby postponed, pending further order of the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals; and
(l) Essential court personnel shall be available to the public by telephone between the hours of 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. MDEC continues to be available for electronic filing and is required to be used for all MDEC counties. For
pleadings not required to be filed electronically, filings will be received by mail and may be received via drop boxes installed at local courthouses.

Any questions or concerns relative to cases or proceedings should be directed to:
Circuit Court 410.535.1600
District Court 443.550.6700

Please note that this order is subject to change or modification by Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera, Court of Appeals for Maryland.

The Clerk’s Office is closed to the public. We are accepting phone calls M-F 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
MDEC or Simplifile registered users should continue to send pleadings and land record documents as normal. Case pleadings, requests for copies, land documents and other requests are also accepted by mail at the following address: Circuit Court Clerk’s Office, 175 Main Street, Prince Frederick, Maryland 20678.
For your convenience, we are also temporarily accepting any deeds and other land documents for recording or circuit court case pleadings via a yellow and black drop box labeled “Treasurer’s Office Payment Drop” located at the back of the courthouse. Please place all documents and any checks in a secure envelope before placing them in the drop box. On the outside of the envelope, please indicate the following information: Type of Instrument or document (for example, Deed, Deed of Trust, Motion, or Tax Bill), your company name, and a contact phone number and/or email.
The public may search land record documents by registering https://mdlandrec.net/main/ and land plats at http://plats.net/pages/index.aspx
The public may search court records at http://casesearch.courts.state.md.us/casesearch/
Currently, the law requires that certain services be performed in person. Therefore, we are not able to accept applications for marriage licenses, perform marriage ceremonies, or administer oath of offices to notaries or other appointees.
Self- Represented Domestic Violence and Emergency Custody pleadings may be filed by contacting the Clerk’s Office for more information.

The Register of Wills is closed to the public.
Due to the recent Court of Appeals Order closing Courthouses
to the public, the Register of Wills’ office will be accepting
documents in the drop box located at the back of the Courthouse.
It is a yellow and black drop box labeled “TREASURER’S OFFICE
PAYMENT DROP”.


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