COVID-19 Updates

CURRENT OPERATIONS NOTICE REGARDING PROCEEDINGS IN THE COURT OF SPECIAL APPEALS DURING THE COVID-19 EMERGENCY.

Updated: November 18, 2021

Please review this entire notice, which provides important information regarding operations in the Court of Special Appeals during the COVID-19 Emergency. This notice will be updated as we receive new information. The Clerk’s Office is open to the public during its normal business hours, 8:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. Court staff will remain available by phone from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM at (410) 260-1450.

The Court continues to receive and process filings in all cases, and all deadlines in existing cases remain in place. Filings by attorneys and registered e-filers must be made through the MDEC system. Filings by other parties can be made by mail, by delivery to the Court in person, or through a courier.

Reviewing appellate records. Paper records may be reviewed at the Courts of Appeal Building by making an appointment with the Clerk’s Office. Please call 410-260-1450 to make your appointment. The Clerk requests that you call at least 1 day prior to your anticipated appointment. Appointments will be offered Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. When you arrive for your appointment, you will be subject to a security screening and you may be subject to a health questionnaire. You must wear a mask covering your nose and mouth at all times while you are in the Courts of Appeal Building. You will be provided additional information when you make your appointment.

Oral Arguments. Oral arguments in the December 2021 session of the Court will be conducted in-person at the Robert C. Murphy Courts of Appeal Building. If you are scheduled for oral argument in December 2021, you should have received a notice from the Clerk about in-person oral arguments. Public access to arguments will be provided by live streaming the arguments and then posting a recording of the argument on the Court’s webpage as soon as possible after arguments have concluded.

We appreciate your continued patience while we work through this situation. Please be assured that the safety of the public and the Court’s employees remains paramount.

The current administrative orders regarding operations during the COVID-19 Emergency can be found here.