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Maryland People’s Law Library COVID-19 Update

The Maryland People’s Law Library has added a link to a special page for a COVID-19 Update.

Resources there include:

And a link to find out accessibility of Maryland Court Law Libraries.

The Maryland People’s Law Library is always a great source for information on Maryland law written for the non-lawyer.

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NCLC Article: Major Consumer Protections Announced in Response to COVID-19

The National Consumer Law Center has published an article, Major Consumer Protections Announced in Response to COVID-19, that covers the following topics:

NCLC books are available in the law library in print and online. If you need information on any of these consumer topics, please call (410-222-1387) or email the library (AALawLibrarian@mdcourts.gov)

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Maryland Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Business

The State of Maryland has created a page with information just for businesses. It provides links to Governor Hogan’s Executive orders, information on business relief measures, as well as interpretations of what is an essential business and contact information for questions.

Other topics on the page include:

  • Business Closures & Restrictions During COVID-19
  • Public Health Emergency Protection Act
  • Resources for Business
  • Financial Assistance & Taxes
  • Employer & Worker Assistance 
  • Licensing & Permitting
  • Educational Information
  • Enforcement

There is also link for subscribing for updates.

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Maryland Access to Justice Commission COVID-19 RESOURCE PAGE

The Maryland Access to Justice Commission is coordinating information among Maryland Legal Service providers and the courts. Their resource page states:

As a Marylander who may be facing a civil legal issue during this unprecedented time, you may have many questions about the status of your case because the courts have closed to the public or you may be confused about your rights.  The Maryland Access to Justice Commission, in partnership with the Maryland State Bar Association, has put together this COVID-19 Resource Page, pulling resources from a multitude of sources to make it easier for you to navigate the civil justice system during this time of emergency.  On this A2JC Resource Page, you will not only find links to different orders, but an explanation of what that could mean to you in non-legal language that you can understand. As the federal and state governments continue to take action on the behalf of U.S. and Maryland residents, we will continue to add helpful resources that will help you understand your rights under new COVID-related laws and post timely updates on court procedures impacted by COVID. 

The Maryland Bar Association has posted the answers to questions asked of the Judiciary here.

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Courts and Government COVID-19 Response Resources

COURTS

Maryland Courts are providing updates on the website mdcourts.gov

The Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County has updates on its homepage at circuitcourt.org

U.S. Federal Courts have information here and the U.S. Supreme Court has postponed March oral arguments and posted information on building closures and filing deadlines on its homepage.

National Center for State Courts is providing updates on the status of state courts that include data visualizations.

GOVERNMENT

The State of Maryland is providing updated information here.

Anne Arundel County Government is providing COVID-19: Information, Resources, and Cancellations

City of Annapolis links include

National Conference of State Legislatures resources include:

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Library of Congress Posts Corona Virus Resource Guide

“This is intended as a guide to laws, regulations and executive actions in the United States, at both the federal and the state level, and in various countries with respect to the new coronavirus and its spread. We are also including links to Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports that provide information to Congress about the novel coronavirus. In addition, we provide links to relevant federal agency websites. We intend to update this guide on at least a weekly basis for the immediate future.”

https://blogs.loc.gov/law/2020/03/coronavirus-resource-guide/

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Legal Publishers Respond with COVID-19 Resources

West Thomson Reuters:

COVID-19 Resource Center “As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread globally, our main objectives now are to support you and your businesses, and to navigate this complicated and ever-changing environment together with you. Rely on these free resources, created by our legal and tax experts, to assist you as you prepare and respond to issues.”

COVID-19 Toolkit “A toolkit to guide counsel working across jurisdictions through Practical Law’s global coronavirus, COVID-19, pandemics and business interruption content. It provides resources for use in the UK, US, China, Australia and Canada.”

Lexis:

Managing COVID-19 Webinar Series: Learn from expert legal industry panelists how to sustain workplace continuity, navigate new challenges, and deal with other important topics.

• Coronavirus Resource Kit: Get a complimentary Lexis Practice Advisor resource kit covering a wide range of topics across multiple practice areas, addressing emerging issues and offering guidance relating to coronavirus and the law.
• Coronavirus Content on Law360: Access a complimentary, dedicated coronavirus page with breaking news, in-depth features and expert analysis and commentary on topics relating to coronavirus and the law.
• Law360 Map of U.S. Court Closures

NCLC National Consumer Law Center:

“While coronavirus (COVID-19) is primarily creating a health emergency, it is also causing financial havoc for the most vulnerable American families. The National Consumer Law Center remains focused on advocating for consumers and their financial welfare, and helping you do the same. By offering free resources and discounts on new subscriptions, the Publications team hopes to help facilitate your advocacy on behalf of consumers.”

Surviving Debt: Expert Advice For Getting Out of Financial Trouble
As many Americans grapple with the fallout from this unprecedented health crisis, NCLC wants to remind you that our 50th anniversary edition of Surviving Debt is an invaluable resource for consumers and consumer advocates. We have made the digital edition of Surviving Debt free to all. Access it here.”

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Maryland Legislative Session 2020 – SINE DIE?

The 2020 Session of the Maryland Legislature ended early on March 18 at 5 p.m. due to the Coronaviris/Covid19 pandemic and may reconvene in May. Still, the legislature passed more than 650 bills during the shortened session.

Visit the website of the Maryland General Assembly to see what passed and what did not. Some helpful links follow:

Bills enacted http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Report?id=chapters

Bills passed by both chambers http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Report?id=passedByBoth

Bills vetoed (includes veto overide information): http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Search/Publications?filter=veto

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Law Library Service Available Remotely

Even though the courts are essentially closed, the law library is providing legal research assistance remotely. You can reach us at our regular number: 410-222-1387 or by email: AALawLibrarian@mdcourts.gov.

The Lawyer in the Library programs have been suspended for now. The programs scheduled in the Anne Arundel County Public Library branches are cancelled at least through May 2.

With the Family Law Self-Help Center closed, help can be found at the remote Maryland Court Self-Help Center by phone, 410-260-1392, or live chat, https://mdcourts.gov/selfhelp/mcshc, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am – 8:00 pm.

Hope that all will be back to normal on April 6, but check the court’s website for updated information concerning the opening of the court and availability of services: http://circuitcourt.org/

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AACPLL Self-Help Services: Lawyer in the Library

Ask A Lawyer in The Library is a Civil Non-Family Law Self-Help Program held in the law library every Wednesday of the month from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Sign up at 10:45 a.m. for lottery to determine time slots.) Participants can talk with a volunteer lawyer for up to 20 minutes about civil, non-family legal problem for free! No appointment is necessary. Just check-in at the law library’s information desk.

This program is also held off-site twice a month in the evening: at the Glen Burnie Regional Library on the the third Wednesday of the month and at the Eastport-Annapolis Neck Community Library on the last Tuesday of the month. The start time for these programs is 4:30 p.m. with sign up at 4:15 p.m. for lottery to determine time slots.

Please call to confirm dates as library availability for the program is affected by elections and holidays: 410-222-1387.

Issues that may be addressed include:

  • Debt and bankruptcy
  • Landlord/Tenant questions
  • Real estate
  • Employment and wage claim issues
  • Contracts, warranties and/or consumer disputes
  • Wills, estate planning, probate, living wills

Preparation for your session:

  • Write a list of specific questions for the attorney.
  • Bring any paperwork and information related to the case.
  • Organize any paperwork from most recent on the top to oldest at the bottom.
  • Identify all deadlines.
  • Prepare a timeline of the legal issue.

The attorney you meet with may not have expertise in the area of law you need. They will make every effort, through the resources in the library, to answer your questions correctly.

Family law issues are best addressed by the Family Law Self Help Center

The Lawyer in the Law Library Program is a limited legal advice service and should not be considered a substitute for representation. If you need an attorney to represent you contact the Anne Arundel Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service or call 410-222-6859. 

Sponsored by
The Anne Arundel Local Pro Bono Committee
and the
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service