Maryland Judiciary Judicial Council 2021 Annual Report

The subcommittee held two successful listening sessions in December. Judiciary employees, members of the bar, and the public provided feedback and suggestions on which innovations, technology, and changes the Judiciary adopted during the COVID-19 pandemic should be implemented moving forward. Both listening sessions were moderated by then Chief Judge Matthew Fader, Court of Special Appeals of Maryland, who also serves as chair of the subcommittee. Programs developed during the reduction in court operations to

“We are proud of the efforts made during the pandemic to continue to provide access to justice,” said Chief Judge Fader. “Feedback from inside and outside the Judiciary has helped to inform the Joint Subcommittee on Post-COVID Judicial Operations on ways to improve the delivery of technology for the courts and those whom it serves. Many of the innovations adopted to meet the moment have the potential to further increase

access to justice and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our operations.”

provide Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) services in a remote environment are still being utilized today. The statewide Pre-trial Remote ADR Program and the Pre- trial Remote Peace Order ADR program now piloting in Montgomery County are two notable programs that emerged during the reduction in court operations. “The Maryland Judiciary has learned the value of remote technology within the court system and intends to apply the lessons we have learned to future practices and procedures moving forward,” said State Court Administrator Pamela Harris. “I commend the administrative and associate judges, court leadership, and staff members who have been extraordinarily dedicated to continuing operations.”


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