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Can I File A New Legal Action During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Updated: Jul 26


Since March 16, 2020, the Maryland Judiciary has closed all courts, court offices, administrative offices, units of the Judiciary, and the Offices of the Clerks of the Circuit Courts to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, many legal matters scheduled to be heard over the past several weeks have been rescheduled by the Court.

While the statewide closure of the Maryland Judiciary is anticipated to end on June 5, 2020, ever-changing conditions in public health statewide could affect family and estate matters being heard in-person at courthouses around Maryland through the end of 2020.

However, despite this closure, the Courts have not stopped operating and have continued to accept filings, schedule remote video and telephonic hearings, and enter Orders all through the Maryland Electronic Filing System, electronic mail, and U.S. mail. Complaints for divorce, custody, and child support continue to be filed and deadlines continue to be enforced in current cases despite the pandemic.

If, during these uncertain times, you have considered filing for a divorce, custody, a protective order, or some other legal recourse but were unsure of the Court’s ability to address your matter due to COVID-19, contact an experienced professional at Spencer & Stahl, P.C. at (410) 203-2223 to discuss your options and gain guidance on how to best proceed with your potential matter.

Posted written by Travis Hise

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