NOTICE: The Court of Appeals Clerk’s Office will be closed on Friday, October 9, 2020. All in-person filings being delivered to the Court of Appeals may be placed in the drop box marked “Court of Appeals” in the lobby of the Judiciary A-POD building located at 580 Taylor Avenue, which is adjacent to the parking deck on the side of the Courts of Appeal building. E-filing will not be affected by the closure. If you need immediate assistance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Clerk’s Office will reopen on Tuesday, October 13, 2020.
The Maryland Court of Appeals has received public comment on the State Board of Law Examiners’ update released last Thursday regarding the October 2020 Remote Bar Examination. The update was requested by the Court of Appeals in response to the Emergency Petition for Temporary Suspension of UBE Requirement and Order Granting Emergency Diploma Privilege Plus that was filed for the Court’s consideration.
Effective July 1, 2020, appellate e-filing is now mandatory for all attorneys, and they are required to file petitions, briefs, motions, and other papers via the MDEC system in all cases, even cases from non-MDEC jurisdictions. Self-represented parties may choose to become registered users of the MDEC system. If they do, they must file petitions, briefs, motions, and other papers via the MDEC system in all cases, even those from non-MDEC jurisdictions. Attorneys and self-represented parties who are not already registered users of the MDEC system can find resources on how to register and e-file on the Judiciary’s website.
The Attorney Oath will be administered telephonically in the Court of Appeals Courtroom on the following dates and times: September 25, 2020, 9:00 to 9:30 a.m.; September 28, 2020, 9:00 to 9:30 a.m.; September 29, 2020, 9:00 to 9:30 a.m.; October 6, 2020, 9:00 to 9:30 a.m.; and October 7, 2020, 9:00 to 9:30 a.m.
OPTIONAL METHOD FOR FILING PAPERS IN THE COURT OF APPEALS DURING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK
Updated July 6, 2020
To facilitate filing papers with the Court of Appeals through Phase IV of the Progressive Resumption of Full Function of Judiciary Operations Previously Restricted Due to the COVID-19 Emergency (see Amended Administrative Order) for non-e-filers, the Clerk of the Court of Appeals has placed a drop box at the basement/side entrance of the Courts of Appeal building. All filings being delivered to the Court of Appeals in paper form may 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.