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What's New!

Oral Arguments before the Supreme Court: The Supreme Court of Maryland will hear live oral arguments on March 1, 2024, and March 5, 2024. The oral arguments will be livestreamed on the Court's webcast page.

Open Meeting: The Supreme Court will hold an open meeting to consider the 220th Report of the Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure, as well as a Court initiated proposed amendment to Rule 16-701(d), on Thursday, February 29, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. This meeting will be livestreamed on the Court's webcast page. For more information regarding the meeting, including the deadline for written comments, please see the Notice.

Open Meeting: The Supreme Court will hold an open meeting to consider the 221st Report of the Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure and the Supplement to the 221st Report  on Tuesday, March 19, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. This meeting will be livestreamed on the Court's webcast page. For more information regarding the meeting, including the deadline for written comments, please see the Notice.

Updated Case Search: The Maryland Judiciary has redesigned its Case Search website to improve usability. The new design launched Monday, February 5, 2024. It allows users to easily and efficiently search for public case information. The redesign is only to the website user interface. The case data available through Case Search has not changed. 

Administration of the Attorney Oath: The Attorney Oath will be administered by Zoom from the Supreme Court Courtroom on Wednesday, February 14, 2024, at 1:00 p.m. and 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.

Calendar

Oral Arguments
Conference
Rules Meeting
Bar Admissions
Court Holiday
Other Events