Remote Hearing Information

Per the Maryland Rules the following Guidelines have been created for Remote Hearings for the Maryland Trial Courts.

Guidelines for Remote Hearings in the Maryland Trial Courts


The following procedures have been adopted by the Frederick County Circuit Court based on the above Guidelines.

Remote Hearing Procedures


Many Court proceedings will be conducted remotely.  However, the hearing types below require all parties 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

Criminal Cases:  Hearings on Motions to Suppress and ALL Trials

Family Law Cases:  Pendente Lite Hearings and ALL Merits Hearings

Civil Cases:  ALL Trials

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


For more information and assistance with Remote Hearings please go to the Remote Hearing Toolkit Page