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
Attorney Grievance v. Snyder
Date: October 23, 2020
Docket Number: 21ag/20
Attorney Grievance v. Jamison
Date: October 13, 2020
Docket Number: 38ag/20
Attorney Grievance v. Burton
Date: October 13, 2020
Docket Number: 4ag/20
Attorney Grievance v. Karambelas
Date: October 6, 2020
Docket Number: 37agpc/19
Attorney Grievance v. Akin-Deko
Date: September 24, 2020
Docket Number: 20ag/20
Reinstatement of Pommett
Date: September 24, 2020
Docket Number: 24ag/20
Attorney Grievance v. Shoemaker
Date: September 21, 2020
Docket Number: 7ag/20
Attorney Grievance v. Moawad & Adams
Date: September 17, 2020
Docket Number: 11ag/20
In the Matter of K.E.
Date: September 17, 2020
Docket Number: 4m/20
Chaplin v. Univ. of Md. Medical System Corp.
Date: September 16, 2020
Docket Number: 70pc/19
In the Matter of the Application of Jefferson
Date: September 14, 2020
Docket Number: 15m/19
Attorney Grievance v. Nier
Date: September 2, 2020
Docket Number: 29ag/20
Rochkind v. Stevenson  
Date: August 28, 2020
Docket Number: 47/19

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, the Court of Appeals chose to adopt Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc., 509 U.S. 579 (1993), as the governing standard by which trial courts admit or exclude expert testimony, thus replacing Maryl...

Attorney Grievance v. Frank
Date: August 27, 2020
Docket Number: 2ag/19
Attorney Grievance v. Frank
Date: August 26, 2020
Docket Number: 2ag/19
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