At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Maryland Judiciary implemented several short- and long-term solutions to ensure continued access to fair, efficient, and effective justice for all. To minimize the spread of COVID-19, courts throughout the state installed technology that allowed them to remain operational throughout the entirety of the public health emergency. “The lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic offer a framework for the modern Judiciary that increases the use of technology for efficient court proceedings and increased access to justice during unprecedented times,” said then Chief Judge Joseph M. Getty, Court of Appeals of Maryland. “Our courts adopted remote technology to continue the high level of service we all expect. I believe that it is incumbent upon us to take the lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and evaluate what innovations, novel uses of technology, or other techniques adapted to meet these challenges may be incorporated as best practices throughout the Maryland Judiciary for the foreseeable future.” Then Chief Judge Getty convened the Joint Subcommittee on Post-COVID Judicial Operations to collect feedback on the most effective emergency measures implemented during the pandemic and form recommendations for the continued use of those initiatives moving forward.
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