HB 282, sponsored by Delegate Costa, proposes to repeal the existing code regarding shielding protective or peace orders. Current code states the person seeking shielding must petition for shielding. This bill proposes this addition (in CAPS) to current Family Law Article 4-512,
(b) If a petition filed under this subtitle is denied or dismissed at the interim, temporary, or final peace order stage of a proceeding under this subtitle, [the respondent may file a written request to shield] THE COURT SHALL ORDER THE SHIELDING OF all court records relating to the proceeding WITHIN 5 BUSINESS DAYS AFTER THE DENIAL OR DISMISSAL.
Shielded orders may still be available to (no change to current law): law enforcement; attorneys; State’s Attorneys; social services; victim services providers.
A significant portion of Family Law Article 4-512 (sections c – e) would be repealed.
In the House – Hearing 2/13 at 1:00 p.m.
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