In a 4-3 ruling, the Maryland Supreme Court interpreted a former chief justice’s  administrative COVID-19 orders concerning the scope of a 15-day extension as pertaining only to the period from March 16, 2020 through July 20, 2020—the dates on which the court clerks’ offices were closed to the public—rather than to the entirety of the judiciary emergency orders.

The majority held that former Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge’s Mary Ellen Barbera’s order issuing a 15-day extension only applied to matters with deadlines that were suspended during the closure of the clerks’ offices between March 16, 2020, and July 20, 2020—not through the entirety of the judiciary’s emergency operations that concluded on April 3, 2022, the per curiam opinion said.

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