Maryland Court Records

Maryland court records

Maryland court records are administered and maintained by the Maryland State Law Library and local court systems. Civil and criminal records are largely available to the public for review, with some exceptions for particularly sensitive information and cases. These records can be important when researching genealogical histories, case histories and the local rules and procedures for representing yourself in court.

Though most states have a supreme court that is considered their highest appellate court, Maryland has a Court of Appeals that functions much the same way. The sitting justices decide cases involving the death penalty and lifetime sentences, administrative cases, attorney discipline cases and any case when the Maryland Constitution or statutes are called into question. This court’s decision is final and binding, unless the parties wish to file an appeal with the federal Supreme Court.

History of Maryland Court Records

In 1826, Maryland’s General Assembly created the Maryland State Law Library, known as simply the ‘State Library’ at that time. It was opened to the public in 1827, and in 1892 began to be overseen by appellate judges. Currently located in Annapolis, it has been there since 1972.

Maryland Court Records Availability

Most Maryland court records offered to the public include documents, exhibits and information tied to a civil or criminal case. There are some types of court records that are not able to be viewed openly by the public. Namely, these include: adoption records, tax returns, financial statements in a child support case, physician and guardian reports in cases of an alleged disabled adult, termination of parental rights, juvenile delinquency, some marriage license details and child in need of assistance cases.

Many Maryland court records offer court histories, official charges and dates of arrest, pleas entered, and the current disposition of the case. Evidence and witness statements, transcripts of court testimonies and even information about the class of offense the defendant was charged with can be found in Maryland court records.

Civil court records may include information about the parties involved in the suit, any court hearings and details of what happened in court, as well as the final judgment in the case.

Main Court Information

Maryland’s Court of Appeals is the court of last resort in the state, and was created in 1776. In 1960, the number of justices serving the court was increased to seven, and they were to serve 15-year terms. The court hears cases in Annapolis. The court has mandatory jurisdiction over death penalty cases and those regarding redistricting of the state and questions of law. Justices may decide whether to hear most other types of cases.

Caseload Statistics

The Maryland Court of Appeals hears very few cases per year. In 2007, there were 148 filings and 176 dispositions. In 2014, there were only 106 filings and 153 dispositions.

Maryland Court Structure

Maryland Court Statistics

Maryland Courts receive 2,019,671 filings per year. In 2012, the court received 2,023,500 filings and gave 2,255,653 dispositions. In 2016, the state court caseload counted 1,411,801 filings and had 1,509,870 outgoing cases.

Family Court Cases

Domestic relations caseload of Maryland at year end of 2016 has decreased by 11.7% compared to the last 5 years, in 2012 the number of incoming cases have been 126,040 with a rate of 2,142 cases per 100000 population, lower than it’s in 2016.

Domestic Relations Clearance Rates

States with More & Less Domestic Relation Caseloads than Maryland

More Domestic Relations Cases than Maryland:
State: Caseload:
New York570,709
Less Domestic Relations Cases than Maryland:
State: Caseload:

Maryland Criminal Caseloads

The number of criminal cases in Maryland counts 298,798 with 58,712 felony cases and 237,724 misdemeanors accordingly.

State Civil Caseload & Clearance Rates

In the last 5 years the number of civil cases has increased by 13,585 cases, it went from 988,119 to 1,001,704 with clearance rates of 104% and 108% accordingly.

Small Claims Caseloads & Rates

Caseload: Per 100K Population: Percent of Total Caseload: Max Limit in $:
127,264 2,115 13.0% $5,000

Maryland Court Locations

State Court Holidays

Holiday: Date:
New Year's DayMonday, January 1, 2018
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s BirthdayMonday, January 15, 2018
Presidents' DayMonday, February 19, 2018
Memorial DayMonday, May 28, 2018
Independence DayWednesday, July 4, 2018
Labor DayMonday, September 3, 2018
Columbus DayMonday, October 8, 2018
Election DayTuesday, November 6, 2018
Veterans Day (Observed)Monday, Nov 12, 2018
Thanksgiving DayThursday, November 22, 2018
American Indian Heritage DayFriday, November 23, 2018
Christmas DayTuesday, December 25, 2018

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