COVID - DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

 

Peace or Protective Order

The Maryland Judiciary will continue working on peace and protective orders during the COVID emergency.  The information below is according to the Revised Policy on Interim Orders during the emergency as of March 27, 2020.  

If you already have an Interim Order

 

The Interim Order will remain in effect until action is taken by the Court.

If you need a new peace or protective order

 

If you need a new peace or protective order, or an extreme risk protective order, call the District Court Commissioner in your county or Baltimore City.  Be sure to call the Commissioner Station first to provide information and for instructions on where to go, so you can minimize your in-person time at the location.

The courts have indicated that your request will be heard.  If you are having problems getting your request heard, please contact the Self-Help Center by phone at 410-260-1392 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. or by chat from 8:30am to 8:00pm.  
 

If the Commissioner issues an Interim Order

 

  • All new Interim Orders will remain in effect until there is further action taken by the Court.

  • All new Interim Orders will have a corresponding Temporary Hearing scheduled on either May 4, 2020 or May 5, 2020, unless a judge orders otherwise.

  • The Commissioner who grants the new Interim Order has to provide you and the opposing party with a notice with all paperwork letting you know that the Court could contact you for a different hearing date.

  • Commissioners may request as much contact information from the parties as possible because the court may try to conduct Temporary Hearings remotely via video, audio or other electronic means.

  • Some cases may be "expedited," meaning they could have a hearing before May 4 or May 5, 2020. 

      Judges will be reviewing any Interim Orders that involve the following:​​

 

  • an order to vacate the home;

  • the granting or denial of custody of any child; or 

  • a firearm.

After reviewing the Interim Order, the judge could determine that a hearing is necessary sooner than May 4 or May 5. 

If an expedited hearing is needed, the Temporary Order Hearing has to be held within seven (7) days of the Interim Order.

 

Court staff will notify you if your case will have an expedited hearing and of the new hearing date by any contact information you provided the Commissioner. 

Filing court documents while courts are closed

The court will continue to accept documents filed electronically through MDEC, by mail, and in person. If you plan to file in person, all courts have a drop box. Contact the individual court for more information on where and how to use the drop box.

During this emergency, the filing date will be considered as follows:

  • MDEC FILINGS: the date of submission.

  • MAILED FILINGS:  the postmark date.

  • DROP BOX FILINGS: The previous business day, unless there is a timestamp on the drop box.

 

Filing deadlines and statutes of limitations

Filing deadlines and statutes of limitations still apply and are not affected by court closures.

For more information:

https://mcasa.org/updates-information-on-covid-19

Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault Legal Services & Human Trafficking

 

AyudaMonday-Friday: 8:30am-4:30pm, 240-594-0600

Currently accepting consultations for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking

CASA, Inc. (Citizens Assisting and Sheltering the Abused)Monday-Friday: 8:30am-4:30pm, 301-739-4990

Domestic Violence and/or Sexual Assault-Related Legal Services

24/7 Crisis Hotline: 301-739-8975 

Heartly House, 24-Hour Hotline: 301-662-8800

Domestic Violence and/or Sexual Assault-Related Legal Services

24-Hour Hotline: 301-662-8800

HopeWorks of Howard County, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, 410-997-0304

Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Assault and/or Human Trafficking- Related Legal Services

24-hour Hotline: 410-997-2272

House of Ruth MarylandMonday-Friday 8:30 – 4:30, 410-554-8463

Domestic Violence and/or Sexual Assault-Related Legal Services

After hours hotline: 410-889-7884

Life Crisis Center, By Appointment, 410-749-8111

Domestic Violence and/or Sexual Assault-Related Legal Services
24/7 Crisis line: 410-749-4357

Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence24/7 Crisis Hotline: 800-927-4673

Domestic Violence and/or Sexual Assault-Related Legal Services

Sexual Assault Legal Institute301-565-2277    
Domestic Violence and/or Sexual Assault-Related Legal Services
   

Sexual Assault/Spouse Abuse Resource Center (SARC)Voicemail: 443-371-3553
Domestic Violence and/or Sexual Assault-Related Legal Services
24-Hour Helpline: 410-836-8430
 

Southern Maryland Center for Family Advocacy301-373-4141, 24/7 Crisis Hotline: 240-925-0084
Domestic Violence and/or Sexual Assault-Related Legal Services
 

Women’s Law Center of Maryland, Inc.Monday-Friday: 8:30am-4:30pm, 410-321-8761 ext. 130

Domestic Violence and/or Sexual Assault-Related Legal Services, Immigration

Serving primarily Baltimore Metro Area and Carroll County

Family Law Hotline - Statewide - Monday-Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm, 1-800-845-8550

Employment Law Hotline - Statewide - Tues, 9:30am–1pm, 1st Thurs in Month 5pm – 7:30pm, 1-877-422-9500

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