Maryland Judiciary Annual Report 2021

Circuit Court for Talbot County

Circuit Court for Kent County

Second Circuit - Caroline, Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Talbot

Circuit Court for Queen Anne’s County

Circuit Court for Caroline County

• The Queen Anne’s Children’s Program also was converted to a remote platform after the physical meeting room previously used was closed to the public. The program was able to continue the schedule of two sessions per month via remote meetings for children to participate in professionally

• A Security Committee was formed to assess the security needs for the Circuit Court for Caroline County and to compile a prioritized list of suggested long-term and short- term improvements, assist in implementing those changes, and write a comprehensive and cohesive set of policies and procedures. The committee continues to meet regularly. In 2021, the committee applied for and received funding approval for an emergency intercom. • The Circuit Court for Queen Anne’s County expanded the Family Law Clinic from every Monday morning to include one Thursday evening each month. The Monday clinic is held at the courthouse and the Thursday clinic is held at the Talbot County Public Library in Easton. Lawyers have been very active in participating in these programs, which are currently being held remotely.

facilitated discussions about changes in their family circumstances during divorce/custody litigation.

• The Family Law Clinic in Queen Anne’s County was converted to a remote platform offering consultations with attorneys five days per week remotely with meetings facilitated by the family services coordinator. Additionally, individuals seeking assistance with family services matters were able to reach staff by phone and email to receive information regarding court forms and to receive forms and deliver documents without physical contact by collecting and depositing them in a drop box in the courthouse lobby.

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