May’s Felony Backlog Sees Largest Decline This Year

The Baltimore City Circuit Court felony backlog decreased nearly 10 percent from April’s 1,496 cases to May’s 1,351 cases.

In addition to the decline in the felony backlog, the misdemeanor backlog decreased even more so by nearly 62 percent from 94 cases to 36 cases.

Backlogged cases have steadily declined since February, following an increase in January to February, which the Maryland Judiciary likened to the postponement of jury trials due to the pandemic.

April’s 13 homicide and non-fatal shooting trials attributed to the decreasing backlog. Only one homicide trial was placed on the stet docket, or indefinitely postponed, while six homicide trials had guilty verdicts, two homicide trials had not guilty verdicts, one non-fatal shooting trial had a guilty verdict, and two non-fatal shooting trials had a not guilty verdict.

An additional manslaughter trial also concluded with a not guilty verdict.