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Bar Admissions: Congratulations to the November 2023 admittees to the Maryland Bar! The recordings of the ceremonies have been archived on the Bar Admissions Webcast Archive page.

Open Meeting on Mandatory CLE: On Wednesday, December 13, 2023 at 4:00 p.m., the Supreme Court will hold an online forum to receive brief, verbal comments on the final report and recommendations of the Workgroup to Study Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (“MCLE”) in Maryland. The forum will be livestreamed on the Court's webcast page. Anyone wishing to speak at this forum should, by close of business on December 11, send an email to the Clerk of the Court at CLEfeedback@mdcourts.gov requesting information on how to join the online forum. For further information on the report and recommendations, please go to this page.

Oral Arguments before the Supreme Court: The Supreme Court of Maryland will hear live oral arguments from the Supreme Court Courtroom on December 4, 2023, and December 5, 2023, beginning at 10:00 a.m. The oral arguments will be livestreamed on the Court's webcast page.

Administration of the Attorney Oath: The Attorney Oath will be administered in person in the Supreme Court Courtroom prior to oral arguments on December 4, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. The Attorney Oath will be administered by Zoom from the Supreme Court Courtroom on Monday, December 11, 2023, at 2:00 p.m.
For more information, please refer to the March 29, 2022, Third Amended Administrative Order on Administration of the Attorney Oath.


Court of Appeals

The Supreme Court of Maryland is the State of Maryland’s highest court. The Supreme Court hears cases primarily by way of certiorari, a process that gives the Court discretion to hear appeals where it concludes that doing so is desirable and in the public interest. A party or parties seeking review by the Supreme Court file a “petition for writ of certiorari” asking the Court to hear specific questions presented by the case. If the Court grants a writ of certiorari, parties will then file briefs addressing the questions presented by the petition or the questions approved by the Court for review. In addition to its discretionary jurisdiction, the Court considers cases involving legislative redistricting, attorney discipline, and certified questions of law. The Court also establishes the rules of practice and procedure for cases filed in all Maryland’s Courts.

The Supreme Court consists of seven Justices. Each of the seven active Justices is appointed from one of the State’s seven appellate circuits. All seven Justices sit together to consider petitions for writ of certiorari and cases on the Court’s regular docket.

The Supreme Court is assisted in its work by senior judges and senior justices who sit for one or more of the Justices if they are recused from cases on the Court’s regular docket.

The Clerk of the Supreme Court and the Clerk’s Office Staff keep the appellate record and maintain the records of the Court. All papers submitted for consideration by the Court are filed with the Clerk.


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