Civil Department

Telephone Number: 410-228-0481

Civil Records are open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Self-Help Legal Assistance Program
Telephone Number: 410-228-1395

Areas of assistance to indigent clients include family issues of divorce, custody, and visitation.

The following is a list of the most frequently asked fee questions. For more information, please refer to the Circuit Court Fee Schedule established under Courts and Judicial Proceedings Article, Section 7-202.

Fee Cost Description
Civil Action Filing Fee w/ Attorney
(Includes Habeas Corpus and Administrative Appeals. WCC and Unemployment, costs payable at end of case.)
$175.00 Includes $80.00 filing fee, $55.00 MLSC* surcharge, $30.00 RPRIF** and $10.00 attorney appearance fee
Civil Action Filing Fee w/o Attorney
(Includes District Court Appeals)
$165.00 Includes $80.00 filing fee, $55.00 MLSC* surcharge, $30.00 RPRIF**
Attorney Appearance $10.00 Per Firm
Foreclose a mortgage or deed of trust on residential property $300.00 In addition to any other filing fees required by law
Request for foreclosure mediation on owner-occupied residential property $50.00  
Reopen Fees
(Contempt, Charging Order, Custody, Writ of Execution and Writ of Garnishment)
$31.00 Includes $25.00 filing fee, $6.00 RPRIF**
(Partial or full dismissal)
$15.00 Plus any open court costs
Foreign Judgment $110.00 Includes $25.00 filing fee, $55.00 MLSC* surcharge, $30.00 RPRIF**
Copy Fees
(per page)
Certification fee $5.00 Plus copy fees
Exemplification fee $10.00 Plus copy fees
Sheriff’s Fee $40.00
(for each defendant)
($60.00 [for each defendant] for service of a paper originating from a foreign court)
For each defendant. Make check payable to Sheriff’s Office.
Mailing Fee You must provide a self-addressed, stamped envelope or a $2.00 mailing fee for any pleading/filing you request to be returned to you.

*MLSC - Maryland Legal Services Corporation Fund
**RPRIF - Real Property Records Improvement Fund

Maryland Judiciary Case Search

You can now search cases from Circuit Court and District Court online. The search is available on the Maryland Judiciary Web site ( The records maintained by the Office of the Clerk of Court are available to the public for review. However, the records of juvenile or adoption cases may be restricted.

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Please be advised that the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court is prohibited by law from rendering legal advice.