Administration of the Attorney Oath
Updated April 7, 2020
The Court of Appeals’ courtroom will be open to the public on dates and times to be announced, for the limited purpose of the telephonic administration of the Attorney Oath in open court, as required by law. For more information, please refer to the April 7, 2020 Administrative Order on Administration of the Attorney Oath.
OPTIONAL METHODS FOR FILING PAPERS IN THE COURT OF APPEALS DURING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK
Updated April 7, 2020
Pursuant to Chief Judge Barbera’s March 16, 2020 Administrative Order on Statewide Judiciary Restricted Operations Due to the COVID-19 Emergency, all courts in the Maryland Judiciary shall be restricted to emergency operations and closed with limited exceptions, beginning on March 17, 2020, through April 3, 2020, or until further order of the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals. During this time, filings will still be received by the Court of Appeals.
To facilitate filing papers with the Court of Appeals for the duration of the closing for non-e-filers in MDEC cases and filers in appeals from non-MDEC jurisdictions, the Clerk is providing two alternative means of filing papers in the Court of Appeals: (1) e-filing through the MDEC system, or (2) drop box at the basement entrance of the Courts of Appeal building. Please see the March 27, 2020 Administrative Order on the Permissive Use of the MDEC System for Appellate Filings During the COVID-19 Emergency.
All attorneys and self-represented litigants who are or become registered users are permitted to file petitions for writ of certiorari, briefs, motions and other papers via the MDEC system in all appeals regardless of which circuit court the appeal comes from. This includes Baltimore City, Montgomery County, and Prince George’s County.
The Court of Appeals has placed a drop box at the front entrance of the Courts of Appeal building. All filings being delivered to the Court of Appeals in paper form must be placed in the drop box for filing. For the duration of this emergency, the date of filing will be considered the previous business day. In addition to the drop box, filers may continue to file via U.S. mail, and the date of filing will be considered the date a mailed filing has been postmarked.
The Court of Appeals’ Clerk’s Office can be reached by phone at (410) 260-1500.
The Court of Appeals is the highest court in the State (commonly called the Supreme Court in other states and at the federal level). It hears cases almost exclusively by way of certiorari, a process which gives the court discretion to decide which cases to hear. However, the Court of Appeals is mandated by law to hear cases involving legislative redistricting, removal of certain officers, and certifications of questions of law.
The Chief Judge, Mary Ellen Barbera, sits on the Court along with six other judges. All seven judges hear oral arguments on each case unless a judge removes him/herself from a case; in this event, a judge from another court, or a retired appellate judge, may be specially assigned to sit in the place of the recused judge.