Effective July 11, 2022, all persons and their belongings are subject to search upon entering the Robert C. Murphy Courts of Appeal Building.  Visitors and their belongings will be screened by court security officers.  Our security protocols are designed to keep our visitors and employees safe.  Your cooperation is much appreciated.  Please see the Security Advisory posted at the entrance of the building for further details.

E-Filing Notice

Updated July 6, 2020

Effective July 1, 2020, appellate e-filing is now mandatory for all attorneys, and they are required to file petitions, briefs, motions, and other papers via the MDEC system in all cases, even cases from non-MDEC jurisdictions. Self-represented parties may choose to become registered users of the MDEC system. If they do, they must file petitions, briefs, motions, and other papers via the MDEC system in all cases, even those from non-MDEC jurisdictions. Attorneys and self-represented parties who are not already registered users of the MDEC system can find resources on how to register and e-file on the Judiciary’s website.

For more information please refer to the June 17, 2020 Rules Order pertaining to the 205th Report of the Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure.

Administration of the Attorney Oath

Updated August 22, 2022

The Attorney Oath will be administered by Zoom from the Court of Appeals Courtroom on Wednesday, October 12, 2022. All sessions are at 10:00 a.m. unless otherwise noted.

The Attorney Oath will be administered in person in the Court of Appeals Courtroom on the first day of each month's argument session unless otherwise noted.  

For more information, please refer to the March 29, 2022, Third Amended Administrative Order on Administration of the Attorney Oath.

Court of Appeals

The Court of Appeals is the highest court in the State (commonly called the Supreme Court in other states and at the federal level). It hears cases almost exclusively by way of certiorari, a process which gives the court discretion to decide which cases to hear. However, the Court of Appeals is mandated by law to hear cases involving legislative redistricting, removal of certain officers, and certifications of questions of law.

The Chief Judge, Matthew J. Fader, sits on the Court along with six other judges. All seven judges hear oral arguments on each case unless a judge removes him/herself from a case; in this event, a judge from another court, or a retired appellate judge, may be specially assigned to sit in the place of the recused judge.



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