Power outage closes Baltimore's Courthouse East

A power outage closed Courthouse East on Monday morning and all proceedings were either transferred to another courthouse or postponed, officials wrote in an announcement on the Baltimore City Circuit Court website.

“The building will remain closed today,” according to the announcement. Some mandatory cases were shifted to the Mitchell Courthouse, while others are being rescheduled for a later date.

Dozens of people were standing outside the closed courthouse Monday morning. One criminal trial that was due to start Monday did not begin, according to spokesman Thomas Wenz, while other criminal proceedings were transferred to Mitchell.

Two civil motions hearings and six other civil hearings were postponed, Wenz wrote in an email. There were also 33 hearings in the family division that must be rescheduled.

BGE spokesman Richard Yost said the power went out around 7:20 a.m. The cause of the outage is still under investigation, he said. Power was restored roughly three hours later.

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