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News Release, Calvert County Public Information Office

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – April 21, 2020 – The rapidly evolving health emergency regarding the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) requires the Maryland court system to continually review and evaluate contingency planning efforts. The Calvert County Courthouse located at 175 Main St. in Prince Frederick will remain under restricted access through June 5, 2020.

By way of the Administrative Order dated April 14, 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 June 5, pending further order of the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals.

The following mandatory matters shall continue to be scheduled and heard in the Circuit Court, in keeping with the urgency of those matters and consistent with statutory requirements, either in person or remotely pursuant to the Administrative Order on Remote Electronic Participation in Judicial Proceedings, June 18, 2018, with the court to notify all participants necessary to the proceeding:

·         bail reviews/bench warrants

·         arraignments for detained defendants

·         juvenile detention hearings

·         juvenile shelter care hearings

·         peace order petitions (juvenile respondents)

·         emergency evaluation petitions

·         quarantine and isolation petitions

·         extradition cases

·         body attachments

·         extreme risk protective order appeals  

For all other emergency matters including those listed below, the administrative judge or his or her designee will 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:

·         CINA matters

·         emergency delinquency hearings

·         emergency Habeas Corpus petitions  

·         emergency issues in guardianship matters

·         domestic violence protective orders

·         appeals from peace orders

·         family law emergencies

·         temporary restraining orders

·         criminal competency matters

·         motions regarding:

o   extreme risk protective orders

o   domestic violence protective orders

o   peace orders


David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...