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
Access Funding, LLC v. Linton  
Date: December 1, 2022
Docket Number: 5/22

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal centering on the existence of a valid arbitration agreement the Court of Appeals affirmed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the judgment of the circuit court, holding that the circuit court…

Elsberry v. Stanley Martin Companies  
Date: December 1, 2022
Docket Number: 6/22

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case arising from a dispute over the purchase of residential real property in Charles County, the Court of Appeals affirmed the decision of the court of special appeals affirming the judgment of the circuit court…

United Parcel Service v. Strothers  
Date: December 1, 2022
Docket Number: 9/22

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment of the court of special appeals affirming the circuit court's judgment affirming the decision of the Maryland Workers' Compensation Commission granting Respondent's request for…

Reinstatement of Lawson
Date: November 18, 2022
Docket Number: 100ag/20
Attorney Grievance v. Dolan
Date: November 18, 2022
Docket Number: 22ag/22
Attorney Grievance v. Malone
Date: November 18, 2022
Docket Number: 47ago/20
Reinstatement of Gueh-Thoronka
Date: November 18, 2022
Docket Number: 95ag/21
Application of Montier
Date: November 7, 2022
Docket Number: 3m/22
Attorney Grievance v. Hessel
Date: November 3, 2022
Docket Number: 13ag/22
McGhee v. State  
Date: October 24, 2022
Docket Number: 64/21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment of the court of special appeals reversing the decision of the post-conviction court determining that Appellant's trial counsel provided ineffective assistance by failing to…

Attorney Grievance v. Roberts
Date: October 12, 2022
Docket Number: 4ag/22
Emergency Remedy of Bd. of Elections
Date: October 7, 2022
Docket Number: 21pc/22
Reinstatement of Fox
Date: October 6, 2022
Docket Number: 11ag/22
Attorney Grievance v. Wright
Date: October 4, 2022
Docket Number: 21ag/22
Attorney Grievance v. Tingwei
Date: September 26, 2022
Docket Number: 14ag/22
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