District Court of Maryland

Effective Immediately, a new Application for the District Court Appointed Attorney Program  is available online (DC-086, rev. 8/2022).
All Appointed Attorneys must submit ONLY the new Application (DC-086) by 12/31/2022.
On 1/1/2023 any attorney who has not submitted a new Application (DC-086, rev. 8/2022) will be deemed inactive and must reapply to the program to participate. (How to Apply)

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.