Maryland Judiciary Annual Report 2021

• The District Court in Queen Anne’s County implemented a Minor Traffic Safety Diversion Program to serve as an alternate to a formal court hearing and help reduce the minor traffic docket backload during the pandemic. The total number of defendants that subsequently contacted the Office of the State’s Attorney for Queen Anne’s County and satisfactorily completed the program are 387, with seven defendants still pending completion for their payable offense, for a total of 394 defendant contacts from the 441 that were selected. The utilization of the online Traffic Safety Diversion Program to resolve select minor traffic offenses that meet the agreed upon criteria, has been overwhelmingly positive for both the citizens who are offered the program and defense attorneys that represent clients with minor traffic matters in Queen Anne’s County.

District Court in Cecil County

• In partnership with the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Department and the Queen Anne’s County Department of Education, the District Court in Queen Anne’s County implemented a School Bus Stop-Arm Camera Program to monitor violations that occur when the bus is stopped, and the stop sign is down. There are currently 113 buses equipped with cameras, which will record any potential violators. The penalty for such a violation is $250.00. • Pursuant to a Memorandum of Understanding, the District Court in Queen Anne’s County allows Mid Shore Pro Bono use of space to conduct bankruptcy clinics. It also provides an area to the Office of Administrative Hearings for foreclosure mediation twice a week.

District Court in Caroline County

District Court in Talbot

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