Maryland Judiciary Judicial Council 2021 Annual Report

remotely. Additionally, they handled 45 translation projects for civil legal aid organizations. These services have since expanded to Prince George’s County. Together with the Access to Justice department of the Administrative Office of the Courts, the Court Access and Community Relations Committee implemented the development of a broad array of self-help services and resources that are useful and accessible to court users. Access to Justice created the first grant for the Maryland Justice Passport, a digital portfolio of information to assist Marylanders seeking legal help, during fiscal year 2020. According to Civil Justice, 443 passports were created in the 12 months between December 2020, and November 2021.

Maryland Court Help Centers also played a pivotal role in providing access to justice during the pandemic by providing 147,332 instances of services during fiscal year 2021. Of that, 99,367 were remote services and 47,965 were walk- in. Additionally, 44 new or revised titles were added to the Maryland Court Help Center Library.

“I am continually impressed with the quality and quantity of digital resources such as video series to assist targeted audiences with specific legal needs from this committee,” said current Court Access and Community Relations Committee Chair and Circuit Court for Washington County Judge Brett R. Wilson. “If there is an opportunity to educate or inform a litigant on a particular topic, we address it.”


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