Maryland Court Case Search

Maryland Court Case Search

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Maryland Courts

There are two trial courts and two appellate courts in the four levels of the Maryland legal system. Trial courts include the District Court and the Circuit Court, which analyze the evidence in the case and make judgments in accordance with the law, the facts, and legal precedent. Appellate courts consist of the Supreme Court of Maryland and the Appellate Court of Maryland, which determine whether a trial judge rightly followed the law and established precedent by reviewing the actions and decisions of the trial court.

Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of Maryland is the highest court in Maryland. A process called Certiorari grants the Court the discretion to hear appeals if it is necessary and in public interest. There are seven active Justices in the Supreme Court, each of whom is appointed by the seven Appellate Circuits. When considering the writ of certiorari petitions and matters on the Court's regular docket, all seven Justices convene. There are also senior judges and senior justices in the Supreme Court, who take the place of one or more of the seven Justices if they are refused to hear certain cases. The Clerk of the Supreme Court and the Office of the Clerk are responsible for maintaining the appellate records and the Court records and filing all documents submitted to the Court.

Contact the Supreme Court

Phone: 410-260-1500, 800-926-2583
Hours: 8:30 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.

Appellate Court

The Appellate Court of Maryland is the intermediate appellate court in Maryland, which was created in 1966. The Appellate Court considers appeals from cases of the circuit court or the orphans’ court in Maryland. The parties who fail in the Appellate Court can seek further review in the Supreme Court. There are 15 active judges in the Appellate Court, at least one of whom should come from one of seven Appellate Circuits. The judges often hear and decide cases in panels of three. Occasionally, all 15 judges sit together to hear a matter. The Clerk of the Appellate Court of Maryland is in charge of receiving and maintaining all documents filed with the Court such as trial court records, briefs, and motions.

Contact the Appellate Court

Phone: 410-260-1450
Hours: 8:30 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.

Circuit Courts

The Circuit Courts are the trial courts of general jurisdiction, where more serious criminal cases and major civil cases including juvenile cases and family matters such as custody, divorce, and child support, and most appeals from the District Court, orphans’ courts, and some administrative bodies are handled. The Circuit Courts also hear domestic violence cases. Both the jury and a judge alone can decide the cases in the Circuit Court. Each of the 23 counties of Maryland has a Circuit Court and the Clerk’s Office.

District Courts

The District Court is a fully state-funded court of record possessing statewide jurisdiction, with headquarters located in Annapolis and 33 locations in 12 districts. The District Court has no juries. Cases are heard and decided by judges. The District Court has both exclusive jurisdiction and concurrent jurisdiction with the Circuit Court in civil and criminal cases. Civil cases including claims for amounts at or less than $5,000, domestic violence cases, landlord/tenant disputes, and replevin actions, and criminal cases such as motor vehicle violations, misdemeanors, and certain felonies are heard exclusively by the District Court. The District Court is concurrent with the Circuit Court in civil cases in claims for amounts above $5,000 but less than $30,000, and criminal cases in which the penalty may be confinement for 3 years or more or a fine of $2,500 or more. Jury trials are not conducted by the District Court.

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