Criminal, civil trials in Maryland suspended until at least January

The Maryland Court of Appeals says all criminal and civil trials, except those in which a jury has already been seated, will be suspended until at least January as the state deals with a surge in COVID-19 cases.

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The Baltimore Sun reports Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera issued the order on Thursday. Some court functions will continue to operate on a limited basis.

Maryland’s courts shut down on March 16 and operated in a very limited fashion until Oct. 5, when Barbera allowed jury trials to resume.