Maryland Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera, who is the head of Maryland's highest court, delivers her State of the Judiciary Address to a joint session of the Maryland General Assembly on Wednesday.
Maryland Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera, who is the head of Maryland's highest court, delivers her State of the Judiciary Address to a joint session of the Maryland General Assembly on Wednesday. (Brian Witte / AP)

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.

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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.

In State of Judiciary, Maryland's chief judge cites gains in legal counsel for unrepresented litigants in civil cases

Maryland's judiciary is helping more people who can't afford legal counsel to better represent themselves in civil legal matters, the state's chief judge, Mary Ellen Barbera, said Wednesday in her State of the Judiciary Address.

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