By the numbers: Maryland's judicial system, according to the state's chief judge

Mary Ellen Barbera, chief judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals, told state lawmakers during a State House speech Wednesday that the state of the judiciary is “fundamentally sound.”

Barbera addressed a joint session of the House of Delegates and state Senate to update them on the judicial system in a State of the Judiciary speech.

Here are some of the highlights of the system, by the numbers.

300: Judges in Maryland.

4,000: Employees in the state judicial system.

2 million: How many cases were heard in trial courts last year.

144,000: People who represented themselves in civil cases who received advice from outreach programs.

71,000: Of the 144,000 civil litigants who received help representing themselves, the number who received remote assistance, such as phone and email advice.

20: Jurisdictions that have a computerized court records system, known as Maryland Electronic Courts or MDEC.

2021: When the four largest jurisdictions will have MDEC implemented.

4: Maryland’s ranking from the National Center for Access to Justice, which considers factors such as availability of legal aid and language services.

1: Open seat on the Maryland Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, due to the retirement of Judge Sally Adkins last year.

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