Barbera Court Goes 8-for-8 in Deciding Cases by Term’s End

By Steve Klepper (Twitter: @MDAppeal)

In October 2013, three months after becoming Maryland’s top judge, Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera announced a policy under which the Court of Appeals would decide every case the same term in which it heard argument. By August 31 each year, the Court would issue an opinion in all cases heard since the prior September 1.

It is difficult to overstate the importance of this reform. The Court’s 2013 opinions list included two cases from its 2005 Term, one from its 2006 Term, and five from its 2007 Term.

Chief Judge Barbera, who reaches mandatory retirement age on September 9, headed the Court for eight full terms. After today issuing the final three opinions in cases argued during the 2020 Term, the Court has met its case management standard in all eight terms.

Bravo and thank you, Chief Judge Barbera.

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