Courts in Maryland
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The state of Maryland has a special Orphan's Court that exclusively handles some probate and estate matters. Maryland's District Courts handle torts, contracts, real property, and miscellaneous civil cases, and also are the only court that hears small claims cases. Maryland's Circuit Courts hear also hear tort, contract, and real property cases, and handle probate, estate, domestic relations, criminal misdemeanor and felony cases, as well as juvenile and mental health cases and civil appeals. Maryland's Court of Special Appeals hears civil and administrative agency appeals. There is no Maryland Supreme Court – Maryland's highest court is its Court of Appeals.

The Maryland Judiciary Case Search website (http://casesearch.courts.state.md.us/inquiry/inquiry-index.jsp,) is an online database of information regarding Maryland state court cases. If you're seeking Maryland court records, you can search here by name, case number, date filed, and court. This online records system provides information including the case status, issues at hand, and a list of filed court documents. However, to obtain copies of Maryland court documents, you'll need to contact the clerk of court office for the county where the case took place. Maryland is currently researching the possibility of providing full court records online.
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19, Dec 2014 - Cumberland, MD Doctor’s sex-abuse trial moved to Frederick
A judge has ordered the malpractice trial of a western Maryland doctor to be moved to Frederick County.
19, Dec 2014 - Baltimore, MD Families of death-row inmates' victims sought
BALTIMORE (AP) — Four men remain on Maryland's death row even though Governor Martin O'Malley signed a bill repealing the state's death penalty last May. But with only two months left in office, O'Malley may be taking action to commute the sentences to life in prison before Republican Larry Hogan takes office.
19, Dec 2014 - Michigan joins 20 other states to ask federal appeals court to rule Maryland gun-control law uncons
The state of Michigan filed a friend-of-the-court brief asking for a federal appeals court to overturn a Maryland gun-control law that would ban certain assault weapons and limit the size of magazines.
19, Dec 2014 - Michael Phelps set to appear in US court over DUI rap
Olympic swimming superstar Michael Phelps appears in court Friday in his home state of Maryland for driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding. Police say Phelps' white Land Rover was doing 84 miles (135 kilometers) per hour in a 45 mph zone in Baltimore's Fort McHenry Tunnel early on the morning of September 30. Phelps was charged with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol ...
18, Dec 2014 - Owners of injured pets can recover for emotional distress: Court
Pet owners can receive damages for emotional distress due to negligent injury to their animals, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals affirms in a Taneytown couple's lawsuit against a Frederick County deputy who shot their dog.
18, Dec 2014 - Md. Court: DNA Evidence At Trial Must Be Confirmed
Maryland's highest court has ruled that criminal defendants cannot present evidence of DNA matches to other suspects at trial unless the results have been confirmed by more testing.
18, Dec 2014 - Ruling: DNA evidence at trial must be confirmed
Maryland's highest court rules that criminal defendants can't present evidence of DNA matches to other suspects at trial unless additional testing has confirmed the results.
18, Dec 2014 - Baltimore, MD University of Maryland School of Medicine Carries Out a Human Trial of Experimental Ebola Vaccine
The Baltimore study is the second Ebola vaccine trial being led by the University of Maryland School of Medicine CVD, the first currently taking place in Mali, West Africa. The Mali trial is being performed by CVD-Mali in partnership with the Ministry of Health of Mali.
18, Dec 2014 - Idaho mom’s suit over NSA database gets a cool reception from appeals court
Judge: "It appears to me it's the same data" allowed by Smith v. Maryland .
18, Dec 2014 - Appeals court hears arguments from death row inmate
Maryland's top lawyer asked an appeals court Monday to spare the life of one of the four men left in limbo on death row after state lawmakers abolished the death penalty last year.
18, Dec 2014 - Innovative lawyer changed the way top firms operate
By John Shiffman BETHESDA, Maryland (Reuters) - Although large firms dominate the list of those that are most successful at getting cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, there are a handful of exceptions. Perhaps the most notable is the unusual four-lawyer firm run by Thomas Goldstein in a Washington suburb 10 miles from the high court. Some of Goldstein’s success can be traced to innovations he ...
18, Dec 2014 - Baltimore, MD Forbes Best of 2014: Series of the Year, NPR's 'Serial'
Did Adnan do it? When we look back on pop culture in 2014, that’s going to be the question that will resonate, even define the last part of the year for many of us. “Adnan” is Adnan Syed, an thirtysomething inmate in a Maryland Prison. “It” is the strangulation murder of Syed’s former girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, a senior at Woodlawn High School in Baltimore County, Maryland on or about January 13 ...
18, Dec 2014 - Montgomery, MD Md. rep. plays role in bringing Cuban detainee home
Some Maryland lawmakers played a big part in bringing U.S. contractor Alan Gross back home to the state after being held for five years in a Cuban prison.
18, Dec 2014 - Baltimore, MD The Best of 2014: Series Of The Year, Public Radio's 'Serial'
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18, Dec 2014 - Wicomico, MD Governor May Commute Last 4 Death Row Sentences
There are reports that Governor Martin O'Malley is considering commuting death sentences for Maryland's four death row inmates. The governor has reached out to victims' family members in the cases. Some are begging him to leave the convicted killers on death row.
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