Cell Phones in Maryland Courthouses: A List for Maryland Lawyers

The Winter 2008 edition of the Maryland Trial Lawyers Associations’ journal the Trial Reporter was dedicated to “Family Law & the Child.” I never read it because the universe of my family law knowledge comes from Arnie Becker on L.A. Law and I would like to keep in that way. But stumbling on it last night, I found a quick article on courthouse technology from our friend John Cord at Janet, Jenner & Suggs who makes a list of all the courthouses in Maryland where camera capable cell phones are prohibited: Cecil County, Harford County, Howard County, Prince George’s County, Queen Anne’s County, Somerset County, Washington County, Wicomico County (Salisbury), and Worcester County. Carroll County and Kent prohibit any type of cell phone. The inhumanity!

I think I walked in the Prince George’s County Courthouse in Upper Marlboro about five times when I got my first camera phone before I got the idea. Never a fun walk back to the car. Now, they have changed the rule back to allowing cell phones.