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Maryland Court Decisions

A diagram of the state court system (called a “Court Structure Chart” and including a summary of each court’s jurisdiction) is available on the web site of the National Center for State Courts.


Maryland Constitution and Legislation

See also a database of statewide ballot measures maintained by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
  1. Constitution (Md. Const.)

    Additional Resources
    Maryland Constitution … [Constitution Society (Mass.)]

  2. Bills
  3. Current SessionIndexes
  4. Past Sessions and Indexes (to 1996)

  5. See also the Maryland General Assembly web site.

  6. Laws of Maryland (Md. Laws)

  7. Annotated Code of Maryland (Md. Code)
    Note—The code is not available at any official web site (except for the legislature’s on-line version, which is hardly usable; it is linked under Additional Resources below), but a version provided by LexisNexis is available.

    Additional Resources
    Annotated Code of Maryland … [Md. Legislature] — This is a peculiar database, very hard to use. Annotations are not provided in this internet version.


Maryland Rules of Procedure and Practice

  1. Court Rules • Rules of Procedure

    Note—The state-court rules are not available at any official web site, but a version provided by LexisNexis is available.
  2. Rules of Practice • Judicial Rules

    Additional Resources
    ¶ U.S. District Court
  3. Manuals and Policies


Maryland Administrative Law Sources

See also a page of links to sources of rules, maintained by the Administrative Codes and Registers Section of the National Association of Secretaries of State.
  1. Regulations
    1. Code of Maryland Regulations (Md. Regs. Code)
      See also a title-by-title search function and a welcome page.
    2. Maryland Register (Md. Reg.)

  2. Opinions • Decisions • Orders • Rulings
  3. Attorney General Opinions (Ops. Md. Att’y Gen.)


Maryland Ordinances and Home-Rule Charters

Ordinances are local laws, commonly organized into codes, that have been enacted by municipalities — cities, towns, etc. — and counties. Charters are organic laws (similar in function to a constitution) of those local government entities for which “home rule” is authorized by state law. For local laws not found through the links given here, try the county web sites and municipality web sites at “State and Local Government on the Net” by Piper Resources, or a publisher’s web site:
  • American Legal Publishing Corp.
  • Code Publishing Co.
  • General Code, LLC
  • Municipal Code Corp.
    1. Charters
      Note that a charter could be included in a collection of ordinances (see below) instead of being separately accessible.
    2. County Ordinances
      Click on the button keyed to the name of the county. NOTE: On some web sites, selecting the state is necessary for access to the ordinances link.
    3. Municipal Ordinances
      Click on the button keyed to the name of the municipality. NOTE: On some web sites, selecting the state is necessary for access to the ordinances link.


    Maryland Law-Related Periodicals

    Periodicals providing on-line articles are linked here. See also links to all Maryland law-review web sites as well as links to web sites of all U.S.-published law reviews and periodicals.


    Other Maryland Commentary

    1. Guide to Legal Aspects of Doing Business in Maryland. Maryland Attorney General and Department of Business and Economic Development.


    Maryland Law-Related Topical Web Sites


    Maryland Court Information

    See also links to state court web sites, maintained by the National Center for State Courts. Additionally, the Ballotpedia.org web site presents information about courts and judges in the state, covering both state courts and federal courts, in a Wikipedia-style format.
    1. Web Sites
    2. Addresses • Names • Numbers


    Maryland Forms

    1. Comptroller of the Treasury:
    2. Individual Tax Forms
    3. Business Tax Forms
    4. Court Forms
    5. U.S. District Court Forms … Forms are linked along with other resources in an undifferentiated list.
    6. Business Entity Forms …[Paracorp, Inc. (Cal.)] — Convenient interface to view and print in-blank official state forms (in PDF files) for filing by business entities. A JavaScript-enabled browser is required.


    Other Maryland Resources

    1. Government-Related Web Sites

      See also the Piper Resources list of sites.
    2. Additional Resources
      ¶ Vital Records — Contact Information … [Elizabeth Orsay (Ind.)]
      ¶ Workers’ Compensation — Agency Contact Information … [Robert W. McDowell / N.C. Indus. Comm’n]

    3. Bar Associations • Law-Related Organizations

      The State Bar Association maintains contact information for local and specialty bar associations. See the National Federation of Paralegal Associations for links to websites of member organizations.
    4. Law Schools • Admission to Practice • Continuing Legal Education


    Legal Research and Assistance

    1. Law Libraries

      See also links to web sites of public law libraries and catalogs of academic law libraries, maintained by the library at Washburn University School of Law; and the LibrarySites.Info database of library web sites (“Libcat”).
    2. Maryland State Bar Association Legal Information Brochures
    3. Bankruptcy Law and Procedures for Maryland Residents … [Calicchia & Kinast LLP (Ohio)] — This web site, presented by a Cleveland bankruptcy law firm, covers basic information about the bankruptcy process, describes debt consolidation and credit counseling as alternatives to bankruptcy, lists the property that an individual is allowed to keep (with citations to governing provisions of Maryland law), and gives information about the bankruptcy courts and how to contact bankruptcy attorneys in Maryland.

    4. Low-Cost Legal Aid … See also the web site for LawHelp.org and the web site for SelfHelpSupport.org.
      1. Legal Aid Bureau … “The Legal Aid Bureau has been providing free civil legal services in Maryland for low-income people, children and the elderly since 1911.”
      2. Maryland Legal Help for the Poor … [Am. Bar Ass’n] — Contact information for statewide and local legal-aid programs, from the ABA’s Directory of Pro Bono Programs. The ABA also provides a page of links to pro bono programs’ web sites.
      3. Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service … This service matches experienced lawyers with low-income individuals who need legal help on personal matters in civil cases (not criminal cases). There is no charge for legal services for individuals who meet income-eligibility requirements.
      4. Peoples Law Library of Maryland … [Maryland State Law Library] — This is “a legal information and self-help website maintained by the Maryland State Law Library, a court-related agency of the Maryland Judiciary, and supported by Maryland’s non-profit legal services providers.” This site provides “provides information on Maryland and Federal law affecting low- and moderate-income Marylanders and their families. The public can find help using this site at outreach centers and law libraries throughout the state.” The site includes a page titled “How Do I Evaluate My Situation.”
      5. WomensLaw.org — Sources of Legal Help … [WomensLaw.org (N.Y.)] — Sources of legal help (not limited to legal help for women) include statewide domestic-violence resources, local domestic-violence resources listed by city or town, free or low-cost legal services, and lawyer referral services.



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