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If you are in need of protection and are seeking a peace or protective order, or an extreme risk protective order, call the District Court Commissioner in your county or Baltimore City. Your request will be heard. Call first to provide information and for instructions on where to go. If the commissioner issues an interim order, a judge will determine when the next hearing will occur.
Some Cases May be Expedited
Judges will be reviewing interim orders that involve an order to vacate the home, an issue of child custody, or firearms. If a judge determines that a hearing is required, a temporary protective order hearing will be held within 7 days of the interim order. The court will notify you if your case will have an expedited hearing.
Pending Interim Orders
The District Court of Maryland's Communication Regarding Domestic Violence Protective Orders, Peace Orders and Extreme Risk Protective Orders provides clarification about hearing dates and interim orders. All pending interim and temporary domestic violence protective orders, pending interim and temporary peace orders and pending interim and temporary extreme risk protective orders will remain in effect (even if the date has passed on the order) until such time that the court has conducted a hearing or has otherwise communicated with the parties.
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.
Effective March 16, 2020, deadlines and statutes of limitations are extended in new and pending cases. Read the Judiciary's Information for the Public page and this Revised Policy for information on Interim Orders for new protective, peace, and extreme risk protective orders.