BALTIMORE (AP) – Jurors are returning to Maryland’s courtrooms while judges begin to address the backlog of felony cases that have piled up during the coronavirus pandemic. Jurors are coming back this week for the first time in five months. The state’s courts have opened and closed intermittently since the virus broke out more than a year ago. Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera issued an order that allows jury trials to resume after halting them in November due to rising coronavirus cases.

CHIEF JUDGE MARY ELLEN BARBERA