On June 9, 2020, Chief Judge Barbera issued a Statement on Equal Justice and the Judicial Council’s Committee on Equal Justice was formed. The purpose of the Committee on Equal Justice is to build upon the knowledge and proficiencies of judges and Judiciary personnel to strengthen the Judiciary’s commitment to equal justice under law for all. Its scope is to ensure the increased knowledge and understanding of judges and Judiciary personnel regarding ethnic disparities, discrimination and systemic racism, including implicit bias (both conscious and unconscious), micro-inequities, and micro-aggressions. The committee will make recommendations on strategies to educate and dismantle any discriminatory behaviors toward others in all aspects of the Judiciary’s functions. The committee will suggest areas of improvement, resources, support services, educational opportunities, and develop training curriculum for ongoing Judiciary-wide engagement in the pursuit of equal, fair, and impartial justice for all.

The Maryland Judiciary’s Equal Justice Committee, Rules Review Subcommittee, has held several open public input meetings virtually, using the platform Zoom. The purpose of these meetings is to identify Maryland Rules of Practice and Procedure that, in language or application, raise equal justice concerns or that affect people and communities of color or members of disadvantaged communities differently or disproportionately. These meetings have been recorded listening sessions. Two sessions remain: Probate/Estate Law on July 26, and Juvenile Delinquency and CINA on July 26.

  1. Landlord/Tenant – June 14
  2. Civil Procedure – June 16
  3. Domestic Violence/Protective Orders – June 21
  4. Admission to the Bar and Ethics – June 23
  5. Criminal Procedure – June 28
  6. Pattern Jury Instructions – June 30
  7. Divorce – July 7
  8. Guardianship – July 12
  9. Child Custody – July 14
  10. Evidence – July 19
  11. Probate/Estate Law – July 26
  12. Juvenile Delinquency and CINA – July 28

Please email ejcrulesreview@mdcourts.gov to ensure that you receive the Zoom link prior to the meeting time. If you have a comment related to a particular topic, you may e-mail it to ejcrulesreview@mdcourts.gov no later than 48 hours prior to the beginning of the meeting. Your comment will be distributed to the members of the Subcommittee prior to the meeting.