NOTICE: The Maryland Judiciary has restricted operations to Phase II in response to the COVID-19 surge. Clerks’ offices statewide remain open to the public for emergency purposes and by appointment for other matters. Click here for more information about the case types being heard in the District Court in Phase II.

NOTICE: Electronic audio recordings of court proceedings are now available in all District Court locations. The cost of the recording is $10.00 per case. Requests submitted in writing to the clerk’s office are processed on a first-come-first-served basis. Cases heard more than three years ago may not be available. Click here for more information about this new process.

The jurisdiction of the District Court includes all landlord-tenant cases, replevin actions, motor vehicle violations, misdemeanors and certain felonies. In civil cases, we have 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. In criminal cases, we have concurrent jurisdiction with the circuit courts in cases in which the penalty may be confinement for 3 years or more or a fine of $2,500 or more and certain felonies. The District Court does not conduct jury trials.


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It is the mission of the District Court of Maryland to provide equal and exact justice for all who are involved in litigation before the court.