Maryland Judiciary Annual Report 2021

District Court in Prince George’s

District 5 - Prince George’s

• District Court in Prince George’s County participated in a number of community outreach initiatives, including virtual town halls, an annual symposium, video conferences with the Maryland Bar Association, and Domestic Violence Coordinating Council led by Judge Ada Clark-Edwards, District Court in Prince George’s County, drug court stakeholders, and criminal and jailable traffic stakeholders. These outreach efforts have proven to be essential to the effective and fair administration of justice as they provided increased communication and opportunities for collaboration as well as further explanation of the unintended impacts of Judiciary administrative orders. They also gave the bench an opportunity to communicate to the legal community in a manner that is beneficial in fostering civility and an understanding of the challenges facing the Judiciary, the legal community, and the people of Prince George’s County who come before the court in criminal and traffic matters.

• District Court in Prince George’s County expanded its Landlord Tenant Assistance Program (LTAP) to include more litigants: those facing any type of landlord-tenant action, instead of only failure to pay rent. The Landlord Tenant Assistance Project (LTAP) provides unrepresented litigants with access to a variety of resources that have been essential for the fair administration of justice during the public health emergency. During this reporting period, the District Court expanded the lawyer-of-the-day service of LTAP to also include assisting those facing any type of landlord tenant action.

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