For Public Users of the Maryland Judiciary's Services and Programs
It is the policy of the Judiciary, under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Americans with Disabilities Act; the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, Executive Order 13166; 40 U.S.C. 122 and other related Maryland statutes and regulations, that no person shall, on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, religion, creed, political affiliation, belief or opinion, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression or genetic information, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination, retaliation or harassment under any federally or non-federally funded program or activity administered by the Judiciary.
The District Court of Maryland Appointed Attorneys Program helps provide attorney representation to indigent criminal defendants during initial appearances. The program provides compensation to attorneys who contribute their time and legal expertise.
The program was created in May 2014 in response to a ruling issued by the Maryland Court of Appeals that held that indigent criminal defendants have a state constitutional right to appointed counsel during initial appearances before a judicial officer.