As MSBA continues to monitor the spread of COVID-19 in our area, we are providing updates regarding Maryland and other local court systems and legislative entities to our members. We will continue to update you as the situation evolves. Below are the latest updates from Governor Hogan’s office and other updates we have received thus far.
New Executive Order from Governor Hogan – March 30, 2020:
This morning, Governor Hogan issued an Executive Order including a Stay-at-Home Provision, effective at 8:00 p.m. tonight (March 30, 2020). Only essential employees and those with an emergency are exempted. The Governor has not changed the list of essential businesses through this order.
View the Executive Order here: Executive Order (2020.03.30)
Interpretive Guidance on the Order is available here:
Note that paragraph 8 of the second Guidance (COVID19-08) verifies that OLC Interpretive Guidance COVID19-04 (2020.03.23) remains in effect. This prior guidance states that law firms may remain open as they are deemed essential as “Government Facilities Sector.”
March 23, 2020:
Today Governor Hogan ordered the closure of all non-essential businesses in the state as of 5 pm: Order of the Governor of the State of Maryland No. 20-03-23-01 (2020.03.23).
Interpretive Guidance has been circulated stating that law offices remain open as they are deemed essential: OLC Interpretive Guidance COVID19 (2020.03.23)
The Guidance states that “government facilities sector” are not required to close. The Government Facilities Sector encompasses private persons and entities that support the judicial system including, but not limited to: i. Lawyers and law firms. ii. Court reporters. iii. Bail bondsmen.
We will continue to update you as we learn more.
Click below for details on each entity:
Click here for comprehensive updates regarding the Maryland Judiciary, including:
- Updated Administrative Orders from the Judiciary
- Court of Appeals Updates
- Court of Special Appeals Updates
- Local Court Updates by Jurisdiction for each Maryland District and Circuit Court
Click here for updates from:
- Office of Administrative Hearings
- Maryland State Board of Contract Appeals
- Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission
- Department of Assessments and Taxation
- Maryland Office of the Attorney General
- Maryland Legislature
- State of Maryland – for state employees
Updates for the D.C. Court of Appeals and D.C.Superior Court.