Maryland Electronic Courts (MDEC) will launch on the Lower Eastern Shore on December 12, 2016. As of that date, mandatory electronic filing, or e-filing, will be in effect for attorneys filing in Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester counties. Learn More.
Revised Natural Resources Fine Schedule Effective 10/01/16
Self- Help Resource Center
(for Civil Cases Only)
Assistance is available in person.
More about the Center
Monday - Friday
from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Location/Directions to the Centers at:
Glen Burnie, Salisbury & Upper Marlboro
Refer Court Users to the DCSHC
What cases are heard in the District Court?
The jurisdiction of the court includes all landlord-tenant cases, replevin actions, motor vehicle violations, misdemeanors and certain felonies. In civil cases the District Court has exclusive jurisdiction in claims of $5,000 or less, and concurrent jurisdiction with the circuit courts in claims for amounts above $5,000 but less than $30,000. The jurisdiction of the District Court is concurrent with that of the circuit court in criminal cases, classified as misdemeanors and certain felonies, in which the penalty may be confinement for 3 years or more or a fine of $2,500 or more. The District Court does not conduct jury trials.
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