Maryland Court of Appeals Decisions

Located in Annapolis, the Maryland Court of Appeals is the Maryland equivalent of a state supreme court. It issues rules of administration, practice, and procedure that govern lower courts and the legal profession in Maryland. In addition to answering broad legal questions, the Court holds exclusive jurisdiction over cases involving certain issues. These include appeals from a death sentence, challenges to legislative redistricting, and matters related to the removal of elected officials. The Court also oversees disciplinary proceedings for attorneys and judges.

To serve as a judge on the Maryland Court of Appeals, a candidate must be at least 30 years old at the time of their appointment and admitted to practice law in the state. A candidate also must be a citizen and a qualified voter in Maryland, a resident of the state for at least five years, and a resident of the judicial circuit to which they are appointed for at least six months. Seven judges serve on the Court, representing each of the state’s seven appellate judicial circuits. The Governor of Maryland appoints each judge, but the Maryland Senate must confirm them. To remain on the Court after their appointment, they must win a retention election at least one year later. Each judge serves a 10-year term. Judges in Maryland must retire when they turn 70.

A judge may be removed from the Maryland Court of Appeals if they are impeached by the House of Delegates and convicted by two-thirds of the Senate. They also may be removed by the Governor upon the address of the General Assembly if the Governor obtains the agreement of two-thirds of the House of Delegates and two-thirds of the Senate. In other cases, the Court of Appeals may remove one of its judges if the Commission on Judicial Disabilities recommends this measure. The General Assembly also has the authority to retire a judge upon a two-thirds vote in each house, combined with the concurrence of the Governor.

Browse Opinions From the Maryland Court of Appeals

Recent Decisions From the Maryland Court of Appeals
Reinstatement of Petros
Date: October 5, 2021
Docket Number: 28ag/21
Cain v. Midland Funding, LLC  
Date: September 30, 2021
Docket Number: 38/20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of appeals issued one opinion to address two petitions for writ of certiorari filed by Clifford Cain, Jr. and Tasha Gambrell challenging the outcome of their putative class actions against Midland Funding, LLC,...

Reinstatement of Love
Date: September 24, 2021
Docket Number: 16ag/21
Application of A.D. for Admission to the Bar
Date: September 13, 2021
Docket Number: 20m/20
Attorney Grievance v. Shields
Date: September 13, 2021
Docket Number: 23ag/21
Attorney Grievance v. Marks
Date: September 13, 2021
Docket Number: 26ag/21
Attorney Grievance v. Shedlick
Date: September 13, 2021
Docket Number: 29ag/21
Reinstatement of Desimone
Date: September 7, 2021
Docket Number: 20ag/21
Attorney Grievance v. Tyrone
Date: September 7, 2021
Docket Number: 36ag/20
Attorney Grievance v. Sitton
Date: September 1, 2021
Docket Number: 12ag/21
Reinstatement of Simpson
Date: August 30, 2021
Docket Number: 25ag/21
Attorney Grievance v. Stafilatos
Date: August 30, 2021
Docket Number: 27ag/21
Chavis v. Blibaum & Associates, P.A.  
Date: August 27, 2021
Docket Number: 30/20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals reversed the judgment of the court of special appeals affirming the judgments of the circuit courts dismissing Petitioners' putative class action claiming that Respondents violated the Maryland Cons...

Nationstar Mortgage v. Kemp  
Date: August 27, 2021
Docket Number: 43/20

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case questioning whether the addition of a definition of "lender" to the Maryland Usury Law during code revision effected a significant change in that law that lay latent for four decades before this case arose,...

Attorney Grievance v. Brooks
Date: August 27, 2021
Docket Number: 71ag/19
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