Maryland Court Records

What is Included in Maryland Public Court Records

Criminal Court Cases

Assault & Battery, Domestic Violence, Parole Violation, Probation Violation, Sexual Assault, Robbery, Manslaughter, Murder, Drug Offenses, And More...

Civil Court Cases

Bankruptcies, Legal Judgments, Lawsuits, Tax & Property Liens, Contract Disputes, Probates, Family Law, Small Claims, Evictions, And More...

Traffic Court Cases

Driving Under Influence, Driving While Intoxicated, Speeding Tickets, Traffic Citations, Reckless Driving, Driving Without a License, License Suspensions, Criminal Driving Violations, Accidents, And More...

Maryland Court Record Lookup

Maryland MD court records are important to accomplishing many tasks from collecting judgments to claiming inheritances, from proving one’s innocence to establishing Maryland child support and custody. Records can be obtained by performing a Maryland court records search. Court records include information about Maryland criminal records, civil and traffic court cases, warrants and more.

Orphan’s Courts

Called probate courts in other states, Maryland’s Orphan Courts decide heirship of estates when a property owner dies. The mentioned Maryland courthouses may also establish guardians for minors.

District Courts

Located in each county, Maryland’s district courts do not conduct jury trials. These courts have jurisdiction over misdemeanors, traffic violations, small claims cases under $5,000 in value, domestic violence charges and restraining orders. In addition, these courts hear criminal cases punishable by up to three years in prison.

District courts saw about 1.6 million cases filed in a recent year. In order to view them conduct a Maryland court record lookup online.

Circuit Courts

Family law is handled at the circuit court level, located in each of the state’s 23 counties. These courts also have jurisdiction over major civil and criminal cases as well as take appeals of district court, orphan’s court, and state administrative agency decisions.

Many circuit courts have instituted drug courts to divert nonviolent offenders from the mainstream legal system and to provide other forms of help for addiction.

Circuit courts saw about 89,000 family cases, 20,000 juvenile, and 67,000 criminal cases filed in a recent year. Everyone can view Maryland court records online.

Appellate Court

The state Court of Special Appeals uses panels of three judges to review disputed decisions of cases heard in the lower courts. This court may also review any decree, decision, order, or other action taken by circuit, district, or orphan’s courts.

At the top of Maryland’s judiciary is the Court of Appeals, which automatically hears any death sentence case, legislative redistricting, and the removal of officers of specific agencies. It may also take “interlocutory” questions that request advice on pending cases in lower courts. The court reviews cases from lower courts as it deems necessary.

Federal Courts

Each state has at least one U.S. District Court, which is a federal court with jurisdiction over bankruptcies, violations of federal law, class action lawsuits, and cases that involve multiple states, which can be obtained via Maryland court case lookup.

Maryland Notable Court Cases

When a 17-year-old high school student was killed in a drunk driving accident after leaving a party at which an adult knew he and the driver of the vehicle had been drinking, his mother sued the other parent. A circuit court threw out the suit, saying the responsibility for drinking fell on the individuals who imbibed, not the adult who was home when they were drinking. But in 2016 the Court of Appeals decided that adults may serve alcohol to their own children at home but may not serve or allow minors from other families to drink in their homes. Saying that a minor does not know what effects alcohol may have and is therefore unable to make an informed decision about drinking, the case opens parents to civil suits from families of children harmed at or after parties. There is also the possibility of jail time for parents following passage of a new law on the matter.

A convicted murderer will be allowed an appeal after a popular podcast highlighted his case. Adnan Syed, who was convicted of the 1999 killing of his high school girlfriend, claims that his defense attorney was ineffective. His case was broadcast on a popular podcast show in 2016. A classmate claims she was talking to Syed at the library when his girlfriend was being killed, providing an alibi that was not part of his original defense. The state prosecutor sought to squelch a request to move his appeal to circuit court so that the classmate's new testimony may be considered. The special appeals court denied the state's request, so the request to move the case to circuit court can be considered – but no new trial has been approved yet.

Maryland Civil Case Statistics

Civil Caseload
Civil Caseload 1,001,704
Caseloads per 100.000 Population
Caseloads per 100.000 Population 16,649
Clearance Rate
Clearance Rate 108%
Small Claims Caseload
Small Claims Caseload 127,264

Civil Caseloads for Maryland, the sum of all civil cases reported by the state, account for 5,012,422 total cases at the year end of 2016, which makes it 16,649 cases per 100.000 population.

The clearance rate for the state is about 108% which makes up by dividing the outgoing to incoming civil cases and expressing the result in a percentage.

Civil Court Incoming & Outgoing Cases 2012-2016

The number of civil court caseloads in 2016 has increased since 2012, being 1,001,704 vs. 988,119, which is by -1.4 % lower than 5 years ago. A different picture is seen with clearance rates, it’s higher compared to 2012, by -4.9% being 1,079,227 compared to 1,029,233.

State Small Claims & Rates Timeline

Year: Small Claims Max. Limit Small Claims Caseload per 100.000 Population Percent of Total Civil Caseload

Criminal Caseloads by Type

Criminal Caseloads for Maryland sum in 298,798 cases at the year end of 2016 which has a share of 80% of misdemeanor and 20% of felony charges. Total criminal cases have increased in Maryland compared to the criminal caseload of 2012 - 290,077 cases.

The Proportion of Felony and Misdemeanor Caseloads

Criminal Incoming Court Cases by type 2012-2016

Criminal Caseloads Timeline

Domestic Relations Caseloads & Clearance Rates

The state’s domestic relations caseload has counted 111,299 cases which is 1,850 court cases per 100.000 population. It has decreased since 2012, the difference in caseloads is 14,741 for the last 5 years, being 126,040 in 2012.

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

Court of Appeals Caseloads

Court of Special Appeals Caseloads