The following procedures have been adopted by the Frederick County Circuit Court based on the above Guidelines.
Many Court proceedings will be conducted remotely. However, the hearing types listed below will routinely be scheduled as in-person hearings and all parties appear are expected to appear in person unless a Motion for Remote Proceeding / Appear Remotely is granted. The forms are found here: Motion to Appear Remotely & Order Regarding Motion to Appear Remotely
ALL contested matters including
Criminal Pre-Trial Hearings
Pendente Lite Hearings
Motions Hearings in ALL casetypes
Merits Hearings and Trials in ALL casetypes
The following types of hearings will routinely be scheduled as remote hearings:
Scheduling Conferences in ALL casetypes
Status Conferences in all civil and family cases
Pre-Trial Conferences in all civil and family cases
Juvenile matters (both CINA and Delinquency)
Any uncontested matters in family casetypes that require testimony only
For any hearings / court proceedings that have been determined to be held remotely, the Judge or Magistrate's chambers assigned to hear the matter will contact you the afternoon prior to your scheduled hearing date. At that time you will be given instructions on how to participate in the hearing. If you are a party and represented by counsel, please notify your counsel of all correct contact information for a Remote Hearing to include, mailing address, email address, and telephone numbers.
All parties MUST fill out and file with the Clerk of the Court, the below Memorandum, seven (7) days prior to any scheduled hearing, ensuring the Court has your updated contact information to proceed with any hearing that may be held remotely. The Memorandum to be filed is found here: MEMORANDUM OF CONTACT INFORMATION FOR REMOTE HEARING
ANY PARTY OR INTERESTED PERSON CAN REQUEST TO BE HEARD REMOTELY, the assigned judge or administrative judge will rule on the request on a case by case basis.
Any party can be present in court for any proceeding, subject to social distancing and COVID clearances for entry into the courthouse.
For more information and assistance with Remote Hearings please go to the Remote Hearing Toolkit Page