Maryland’s Public Information Act (PIA), which is found in the General Provisions Article, §§ 4-101 through 4-601, Annotated Code of Maryland, provides a 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 18, Chapter 400 of the Maryland Rules (Rules).
To request a judicial record from the Commission on Judicial Disabilities, contact the Commission’s judicial records representative:
Under the current Maryland Rule 18-409, all proceedings as to complaints and investigations under Maryland Rules 18-404 and 18-405 are confidential and not available to the public. In addition, Investigative Counsel’s work product and records not admitted into evidence in a public hearing before the Commission, the Commission’s deliberations, and records of the Commission’s deliberations are confidential and not available to the public.
The documents that are not confidential, include: (i) after a filing of a response to charges alleging sanctionable conduct, or expiration of the time for filing a response, the charges and all subsequent proceedings before the Commission on them; (ii) unless otherwise ordered by the Court of Appeals, the record of Commission proceedings filed with the Court of Appeals; and (iii) the materials posted on the Commission’s website.
Current List of Available Judicial Records on the Commission Website:
Commission Board Members & Staff
Rules Governing Commission
Maryland Code of Judicial Conduct
Maryland Constitution regarding the Commission
Annual Reports for FY 2006 - Present
Recent Public Actions of the Commission from 7/21/10 - Present
Prior Public Actions of the Commission available upon request.