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2022 Maryland Legislative Session

The Maryland legislative session began yesterday, January 12, 2022. The Maryland General Assembly website is the place to find information needed to follow the 2022 session. Issues to be addressed this year include redistricting, COVID-19, family leave, legalization of cannabis, employer vaccine mandates, and evictions. For detailed discussion of issues see the 2022 Issue Papers prepared by the Department of Legislative Services Office of Policy Analysis.

See the Session dates of interest for a session calendar. It includes the last dates when House (February 4) and Senate bills (February 7) can be introduced without going before the respective Rules Committees. The last day of the session, SINE DIE, is April 11.

Senate protocols and the House Committee Guidelines provide information on how the session and committees will be conducted especially in relation to COVID. The House Guidelines are available in plain language and in an easy read format.

The Legislation tab provides access to all bills introduced and their progress through the session. There you can review bills that have been introduced by the Senate and House.

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Landlord/Tenant and Eviction Prevention Resources for Anne Arundel County

Information is collected on the on the Self Help and Pro Bono Wiki FAQ page. FAQs on Landlord and Tenant include links to articles, videos and Maryland law.

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Eviction Protection Program Tenants in crisis can contact Arundel Community Development Services (ACDS) to access emergency grants to pay past due rent and utility payments. Certain conditions apply. You can find out more at the Arundel Community Development Services (410-222-7600)

CLS Anne Arundel County Eviction Prevention Legal Program  Community Legal Services counsels tenants on what to do if they are behind in their rent due to Covid and provide representation in Failure to Pay Rent (FTPR) cases. (brochure)

 Renter Eviction Avoidance Program (REAP) for Annapolis Housing Authority (HACA) tenants.

Ask A Lawyer in the Library –Talk in-person with a volunteer lawyer for up to 20 minutes about your civil legal problem for free!

Maryland Court Help Center

Phone (410-260-1392) and online chat. Monday through Friday:  8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. 

District Court Help Center – in-person assistance for District Court matters, Monday through Friday:  8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

District Court Self-Help Resource Center
George M. Taylor Multi-Service Center
7500 Gov. Ritchie Highway
Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061-3756

Get Free Legal Answers — American Bar Association program for email-based assistance (must income qualify)

Legal Services Directory – free and low-cost assistance includes:

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Law Library closed for the New Year’s Holiday

The Law Library, the Family Court Help Center, and the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County are closed today December 31, 2021 for the New Year’s Holiday.  The Law Library will reopen on Monday, January 3, 2022. Except on Court Holidays, the library is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. 

Happy New Year!

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Law Library closed for the Christmas Holiday

The Law Library, the Family Court Help Center, and the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County are closed today December 24, 2021 for the Christmas Holiday.  The Law Library will reopen on Monday, December 27, 2021. Except on Court Holidays, the library is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. 

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Where to get a COVID test kit in Anne Arundel County

The Anne Arundel County government website has a COVID home test kit locater page listing where you can pick up a free COVID home test kit. Locations in Anne Arundel County include the Annapolis Exchange, Baymeadow Parking Lot, Maryland Live! Casino and Hotel, Westfield Annapolis Mall, Arundel Mills Mall, Anne Arundel County Public Libraries, Anne Arundel County Fire Department, Arundel County Police Department and Anne Arundel County Government Offices. The page provides location information and updates to indicate when sites are out of kits.

Although the Anne Arundel County Public Law Library is a public library it is not part of the public library system that is distributing the test kits.

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What’s New…In the Catalog

While it’s in no way new to the library, our FAQs webpage can now be found in our catalog. For those who have never seen it, the FAQs page provides links to our comprehensive resource pages on the most frequently asked-about topics (See the page on bankruptcy, for an example). Each individual resource page also has a new record in our catalog for those who want to search under specific topics.

These pages provide links to statutes, videos, free articles for the layperson, forms, and bibliographies of relevant print resources in the library. If you need help figuring out which resources to start with on the list, we at the law library can point you to those that would be most helpful and relevant to your situation. 

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Lawyer in the Library: Wrap-Up for December 2021

Steve Migdal, Jack Paltell and Leonard Englander were the Lawyers in the Library for December. They assisted 11 people with issues such as unemployment, breach of contract, wills and estates, deed change, neighbor issues and personal injury. The program is not held the last two weeks in December so the Lawyer in the Library is done for 2021.

The law library provides information to those that sign-up to speak to the attorney so that are better prepared for their session. Examples of FAQs that can be sent include the Wills and Estates FAQ and the Deeds FAQ. The People’s Law Library of Maryland is another good source of information for those seeking help with a legal problem. This month we sent links to Unemployment Benefits – Appealing a Denial, Problems with Neighbors FAQ and Solving Disputes with Neighbors. This information sent is also shared with the attorney so that they are aware of resources and referrals.

The Lawyer in the Library will return on January 5, 2022. “Ask a
Lawyer in the Library
” is held every Wednesday of the month from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and on the third Wednesday from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (except for the last two weeks in December). You can talk with a volunteer
lawyer for at least 20 minutes about your civil, non-family legal problem for free. All sessions are now conducted over Zoom or by phone.

This program is sponsored by Anne Arundel County Local Pro Bono Committee,Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, and the Anne Arundel Bar Association. It is hosted by the Anne Arundel County Public Library.

Register online here orcall the law library for help. Once you have registered, you will be sent a link to an intake sheet. Instructions for meeting with the attorney will be sent once the intake is competed. 

Contact the library if you have questions: (phone) 410-222-1387 or
(email) AALawLibrarian@mdcourts.gov

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Getting Organized for Court: The Maryland Justice Passport is Here

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It is tough navigating the court system. There are fees, deadlines, jargon, forms, paperwork, hearings, and many other details to remember. What is a lawyer-less litigant to do? 

To help SRLs (self-represented litigants) keep themselves organized and get help navigating the legal process, Civil Justice and the Maryland Judiciary, with A2J Tech, have partnered to create the Maryland Justice Passport, a free online tool that allows participants to scan and upload their documents, share those documents with legal service providers, set up timelines and reminders, learn about legal topics, and connect with legal aid organizations. Litigants can use the Passport as an app on their smartphone or at the website. 

Interested litigants can sign-up online, and can receive help with the process here at the Anne Arundel County Public Law Library.

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Lawyer in the Library: November 2021 Wrap-Up

Steve Migdal and Jack Paltell

This month, attorneys Steve Migdal and Jack Paltell, provided seven hours of brief legal advice to eleven people on issues such as medical record privacy, changing a deed, contracts and consumer complaints.

Ask a Lawyer in the Library” is held every Wednesday of the month from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and on the third Wednesday from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (except for the last two weeks in December). You can talk with a volunteer lawyer for at least 20 minutes about your civil, non-family legal problem for free.

This program is sponsored by Anne Arundel County Local Pro Bono Committee, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, and the Anne Arundel Bar Association.  It is hosted by the Anne Arundel County Public Library.

Register online here or call the law library for help. Once you have registered, you will be sent a link to an intake sheet. Instructions for meeting with the attorney will be sent once the intake is competed. 

Contact the library if you have questions: (phone) 410-222-1387 or (email) AALawLibrarian@mdcourts.gov

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Law Library closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday

The Law Library, the Family Court Help Center,  and the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County are closed today November 25, 2021 and tomorrow, November 26, 2021 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.  The Law Library will reopen on Monday, November 29, 2021. Except on Court Holidays, the Library is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

This article, Congress Establishes Thanksgiving, at the National Archives website describes how Thanksgiving became a holiday.