Maryland Judiciary Judicial Council 2021 Annual Report

PASSING THE GAVEL Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera, 2013 – 2021 In 2021, I concluded my time as chief judge of the Court of Appeals of Maryland. I thank the many people who worked with me to help move justice forward in Maryland. We accomplished so much together, and we persevered through the COVID-19 pandemic with the Judiciary continuing to provide access to justice throughout. The future is bright for the Judiciary and it is certain that access to justice will continue to flourish and grow. I have full confidence that the positive changes we made will inspire all future chief judges to continue to move the justice forward in Maryland.

Chief Judge Joseph M. Getty, 2021 – 2022 In September 2021, I was humbled and honored to be appointed by Governor Larry Hogan as chief judge for the Court of Appeals of Maryland. Many of the Judiciary’s recent accomplishments are a direct reflection of the exceptional leadership portrayed by my predecessor then Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera. When the gavel was passed to me, I made the commitment to continue the push for excellence in service to justice for Maryland through all levels of the courts. Specifically, I appointed the Joint Subcommittee on Post-COVID Judicial Operations to analyze the current use of remote technology and other court innovations for possible continuation in judicial operations to provide the highest level of service within the Judiciary.

Chief Judge Matthew J. Fader, 2022 – The success of the Judiciary’s mission depends on the united efforts of everyone reading this, because we all play a crucial part in the Judiciary’s success. That has always been so, but it has never been more evident than over the past 28 months. Recent times have been challenging, to say the least. But, under the leadership of Chief Judges Barbera and Getty, we have collectively responded with countless innovations and adaptations that allowed the Judiciary to continue core operations during the pandemic while, at the same time, furthering our commitment to equal justice. As a result of those efforts, we are stronger and better positioned to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.


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