District Court of Maryland's Updated COVID-19 Policy

Posted by Patrick J. Hughes | Apr 05, 2020

With all of the uncertainty and chaos created by COVID-19, it is difficult to keep up. On March 27, 2020, Chief Judge Morrissey of the Maryland District Court revised the policy on Interim Peace, Protective, and Extreme Risk Protective Orders. The order allows for all new protective, peace and extreme risk protective orders petitions to be heard by commissioners. If the Court grants the petition, they will issue an interim order. An interim order is the type of order a Court grants when the Courts are closed. Before COVID-19, this would typically be after business hours or on the weekends. According to Chief Judge Morrissey's revised policy, all new interim order will have a temporary hearing on May 4, 2020 or May 5, 2020 and the interim order will remain in effect until such time as the Court can take further action. 

The revised policy gives Administrative Judges the discretion to review interim order if the following issues are relevant: “(1) order to vacate the home, (2) the granting or denial of custody of any child, (3) a firearm.” If it is determined that a hearing is necessary, then a temporary hearing will be set within seven days of the interim order. 

The attorneys at Patriots Law Group are here to help you during these uncertain times. Don't put you or your children's safety at risk because it feels like everything is shutting down. Call us today at 301-952-9000 to discuss your options on filing a petition.

Molly Cioffi is an attorney with PLG that regularly handles family law cases in Maryland.  Call 301-952-9000 to schedule a consultation.

DISCLAIMER:  The information above is for informational purposes only and is not intended to serve as legal advice for any particular situation.  No attorney-client relationship is intended or created by this information and may not be relied upon based on the above-statements.  Each individual situation is different and therefore a consultation is necessary before any advice can be relied upon as appropriate and accurate for your situation. This information is current as of April 1, 2020.

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Patrick J. Hughes

“The only way to truly advocate for your clients is to know and understand them and their issue. Being a part of the same family, I can think of no better community of people I would rather represent than current and former DoD members and their families.” – Patrick J. Hughes