Maryland Legislative Year in Review: veterans courts, judicial retirement/salaries

New laws affecting the courts enacted by the Maryland legislature in 2012 include the following:

HB 92 Clarifies the definition of “shielding” in provisions of law relating to the removal of information regarding domestic violence protective orders from the public website maintained by the Judiciary. Specifies that “shielding” means to completely remove all information concerning the proceeding, including the names of the parties and any reference to the proceeding, from the public website.

HB 252 Creates Task Force on Military Service Members, Veterans, and the Courts to study military service-related mental health issues and substance abuse problems and to make recommendations concerning the establishment of a special court for defendants who are military members or veterans.

SB 335 Increases from 6% to 8% of earnable compensation the rate of member contributions for individuals who become members of the Judges Retirement System on or after July 1, 2012.

SJR 3 Increases judicial salaries for 2011-2013.