How to Appeal a Court’s Decision in Maryland?
If you are unhappy with the final ruling in your court case, you have the right to appeal. The Maryland Court of Appeals is where your case will be reviewed.
Notice of Appeal
The first step is to prepare a notice of appeal and file it with the district court where your original trial was held. You will not have another trial the court of appeals will use the information from your first one to make a decision.
You will need the following information on your notice of appeal:
- Your name and contact information.
- Date and outcome of the final ruling in your case.
- $10 fee paid when filing (other charges may apply).
If a civil case that exceeds $5,000 then another fee of $75.
The bottom of the form contains a Certificate of Service where you fill in the information as you serve your completed form to all other parties involved.
If both sides agree with a statement of the case, a full transcript may not be needed.
Memorandum and Response
If the parties do not agree with a statement of the case, then each side will need to prepare a memorandum. This document states the facts of the case, your arguments with citations, the final ruling and what you want the court to do. The appellant has thirty days to file their memorandum, and the appellee may file a response within fifteen days after receiving yours. The memorandum is subject to strict guidelines including typed, double-spaced and no more than ten pages long.
If either side wishes to present an oral argument along with their memorandum as evidence, they may request permission when submitting their memorandum to the court. You will have only thirty minutes to speak so make every word count.
The appellate court judges will review all the materials submitted including any oral arguments and decide whether to uphold, reverse, or modify the original decision or dismiss the appeal altogether. Their final decision will be in writing and sent to all parties.