Maryland Courts

Public Information Act Requests

Maryland's Public Information Act (PIA) provides a broad right of access to public records while protecting legitimate governmental interests and the privacy rights of individual citizens. The PIA also allows a custodian to deny inspection of public records if access would be contrary to the rules enacted by the Court of Appeals in Title 16, Chapter 900 of the Maryland Rules (Rules).

Most court records are in the custody of a local Clerk’s office. To request those records, please contact the appropriate Clerk’s office, which is generally where the case was filed or the hearing or trial was conducted. To request a public record from the District Court, contact the District Court's PIA representative:

District 1 - Baltimore City

Mary J. Abrams
,
Administrative Clerk
5800 Wabash Avenue 
Baltimore, MD 21215
410-878-8011
mary.abrams@mdcourts.gov
http://www.mdcourts.gov/district
District 2 - Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico, & Worcester Counties

M. Carol Llewellyn-Jones,
Administrative Clerk
201 Baptist Street
Salisbury, MD 21801
410-901-4981
carol.llewellyn-jones@mdcourts.gov
http://www.mdcourts.gov/district
District 3 - Caroline, Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne's, & Talbot Counties

Cheryl Miller
,
Administrative Clerk
170 E. Main Street
Elkton, MD 21921-5943
410-996-2715
cheryl.miller@mdcourts.gov
http://www.mdcourts.gov/district
District 4 - Calvert, Charles, & St. Mary's Counties

Patrick H. Loveless
,
Administrative Clerk
200 Duke Street, Room 2200 
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
443-500-6704
patrick.loveless@mdcourts.gov
http://www.mdcourts.gov/district
District 5 - Prince George's County

Robert Prender,
Administrative Clerk
14735 Main Street, Suite 173B 
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
301-298-4083
robert.prender@mdcourts.gov
http://www.mdcourts.gov/district
District 6 - Montgomery County

Markeisha Gross
,
Administrative Clerk
191 East Jefferson Street
Rockville, MD 20850
301-563-8837
markeisha.gross@mdcourts.gov
http://www.mdcourts.gov/district
District 7 - Anne Arundel County

Tamera L. Chester
,
Administrative Clerk
251 Rowe Boulevard 
Annapolis, MD 21401-1586
410-260-1364
tamera.chester@mdcourts.gov
http://www.mdcourts.gov/district
District 8 - Baltimore County

Maria Fields,

Administrative Clerk
120 E. Chesapeake Avenue
Towson, MD 21286
410-512-2151
maria.fields@mdcourts.gov
http://www.mdcourts.gov/district
District 9 - Harford County

Terri Mumma
,
Administrative Clerk
2 South Bond Street, Suite 100
Bel Air, MD 21014
410-836-4516
terri.mumma@mdcourts.gov
http://www.mdcourts.gov/district
District 10 - Carroll & Howard Counties

Mary K. Smith,
Administrative Clerk
3451 Courthouse Drive
Ellicott City, MD 21043
410-480-7707
mary.smith@mdcourts.gov
http://www.mdcourts.gov/district
District 11 - Frederick & Washington Counties

Sara Snyder,
Administrative Clerk
100 W. Patrick Street 
Frederick, MD 21701
240-420-4664
sara.snyder@mdcourts.gov
http://www.mdcourts.gov/district
District 12 - Allegany & Garrett Counties

Amy Bosley,
Administrative Clerk
123 South Liberty Street, 2nd Floor
Cumberland, MD 21502
301-334-8024
amy.bosley@mdcourts.gov
http://www.mdcourts.gov/district
Commissioners

Timothy Haven,
Executive Director
251 Rowe Boulevard, 3rd Floor, Room #341
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-260-1230
timothy.haven@mdcourts.gov
http://www.mdcourts.gov/district

 

Under the current Rules, many records and documents are frequently available immediately upon request, including those listed here.  Please note that there are occasions, including but not limited to when there are technical problems, when requests are made for multiple or bulk records, or when files are in active use or archived storage, that specific documents may not be immediately available.

Access to Judicial Records

Judicial records are generally open to the public, with several exceptions. Judicial records include:

  • Documents
  • Information
  • Exhibits
  • Other things that the court maintains in connection with a case
  • Information found online on Maryland Case Search

Please note that there are occasions, including but not limited to when there are technical problems, when requests are made for multiple or bulk records, or when files are in active use or archived storage, that specific documents may not be immediately available.

The following records are not open to the public without a court order or a special provision of the law:

  • Original documents that have been copied for the purpose of redacting confidential information.
  • Criminal History Record – (Computerized CJIS, Federal Databases, and MVA with request for privacy only)
  • Pre-sentence Investigation Report
  • Medical Records/Psychological Information (e.g. assessment/information report from the health department alcohol and addictions program, DSS, etc.)
  • Request and/or Order for Medical Testing
  • Judges’/Commissioners’ Notes
  • Any document and motion for which a motion to seal or otherwise limit inspection has been filed which has been preliminarily shielded by the clerk (not to exceed five (5) business days).
  • Any document including motion and order, to which an order denying inspection applies.
  • Any document where the person who has filed, or authorized the filing, of a case record informs the clerk in writing that the record, any part of the record, or information contained in the case record is confidential. Review is provided in Rule 16-913. The clerk shall make a reasonable effort to determine if the record is subject to inspection. If the custodian determines the record is confidential, review is provided by Rule 16-914 which requires that the clerk apply to the administrative judge.
  • Confidential Supplement (Form Number CC-DC-CR-001S)
  • Application for Appointed Attorney at Initial Appearance (Form Number DC-085)
  • Agency records concerning child abuse or neglect.



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