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Union says Baltimore County courts fail to follow state safety guidance, seek more remote hearings and amnesty for misdemeanors

February 2, 2021

Despite state orders limiting courtroom operations, Baltimore County courts are still scheduling hundreds of in-person hearings for low-level, nonviolent offenses each week, and the Maryland Defenders Union says it’s putting county attorneys, judicial staff and the public at risk. Union members, which include more than 50 attorneys, social workers and other staff members in the county’s Office of the Public Defender, say Baltimore County’s four courthouses have for months violated orders from Maryland Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera to restrict certain cases and stipulating that courts “shall conduct remote proceedings to the greatest extent possible during the health emergency.”

Article Source: Baltimore Sun

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