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
Trotman v. State
Date: October 18, 2019
Docket Number: 8/19
Attorney Grievance v. Ekekwe
Date: October 4, 2019
Docket Number: 15ag/19
Attorney Grievance v. Johnson
Date: October 4, 2019
Docket Number: 25ag/19
Attorney Grievance v. Ugwuonye
Date: September 27, 2019
Docket Number: 29ag/19
Attorney Grievance v. Gonzalez
Date: September 27, 2019
Docket Number: 32ag/19
Attorney Grievance v. Johnson
Date: September 26, 2019
Docket Number: 34ag/19
Telos Corporation v. Hamot
Date: September 11, 2019
Docket Number: 2/19
Attorney Grievance v. Anthony
Date: September 11, 2019
Docket Number: 9/19
Reinstatement of Leikus
Date: September 5, 2019
Docket Number: 17ag/19
Resignation of Adams
Date: September 4, 2019
Docket Number: 18ag/19
Ademiluyi v. Egbuono  
Date: August 29, 2019
Docket Number: 34/18

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals affirmed the circuit court's grant of preliminary injunctive relief enjoining the State Board of Elections from certifying the 2018 general election ballot with April Ademiluyi's name listed as a can...

In re S.K.  
Date: August 28, 2019
Docket Number: 41/18

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals affirmed the holding of the court of special appeals affirming the judgment of the juvenile court finding that sixteen-year-old S.K. was involved in distributing child pornography, holding that a min...

State v. Jones  
Date: August 28, 2019
Docket Number: 52/18

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment of the court of special appeals overturning Defendant's conviction based on a lack of independent evidence that would corroborate accomplice testimony, holding that Maryland's c...

Baltimore County v. Quinlan  
Date: August 26, 2019
Docket Number: 50/18

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case involving the claim of Petitioner, a veteran paramedic/firefighter regarding degenerative meniscal tears in his right knee the Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment of the trial court denying Baltimore Coun...

Attorney Grievance v. Kane
Date: August 26, 2019
Docket Number: 5ag/18
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