The Senate president says Baltimore City should find its own solution to the requirement of staffing bail hearings with defense lawyers. He says the problem doesn’t concern the rest of Maryland.
In Maryland each year, thousands of defendants appear before court commissioners — not judges — who set their bail without an attorney present.
Maryland’s highest court will take a second look at whether to require a lawyer at every defendant’s initial bail hearing.
The meeting of a task force grappling with a court ruling that requires attorneys for criminal defendants at initial bail hearings was postponed because of bad weather.