The Thurgood Marshall State Law Library has an extensive collection of primary and secondary sources focusing on Maryland law. Many of these resources are available online, but some require physical presence at the Library to access.
Maryland Code and Laws of Maryland
Maryland statutes are passed by the General Assembly, Maryland’s legislative body. The Laws of the State of Maryland is a chronological collection of laws passed by the General Assembly.
The Maryland Code is a compilation of the statutes currently in effect and is generally organized by subject (e.g., Criminal Law Article, Family Law Article).
The Maryland House and Senate Journals are records of the proceedings of the Maryland House of Delegates and the Maryland Senate Sessions.
County and Municipal Codes
The Library has compiled links to all Maryland county codes, and links to the many available links to city and municipal codes. Note: Baltimore City is listed with the county codes.
The Court of Appeals, the highest court in Maryland, exercising court rulemaking power. The current Code and Rules are available online through multiple sources.
Maryland Case Law
Reported and unreported opinions of the Court of Appeals and the Court of Special Appeals are available through multiple sources.
Maryland Regulatory Law
The Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) is the official compilation of administrative regulations issues by Maryland state agencies. It is available in print and online.
Maryland Register supplements COMAR and prints changes to the regulations as they occur. This bi-weekly publication is the official source of information about many State government activities, including gubernatorial executive orders and appointments and court rules.
- Access the most current six issues
- Access 2009-present from the State Publications Depository & Distribution Program
Opinions of the Attorney General of Maryland
These opinions are written by the Maryland Attorney General in response to specific legal questions from state or local government. Opinions since 1993 are available on the Attorney General’s website. A complete set of opinions can be accessed in-person at the Library in-print and through subscriptions to legal databases, such as HeinOnline.
Maryland State Publications
Published in print and electronic format by state agencies, state publications cover a wide variety of topics and include reports, budgets, and newsletters.
Maryland Task Force Reports
Task forces, commissions, and advisory groups play a huge part in a working government in Maryland. These entities are formed either via the Legislature, the Governor, or another state agency to focus on one specific task, research the issues involved, and then write a report outlining findings and recommendations. These reports are often used as the basis for future legislation or regulations making their accessibility and preservation crucial.
Incorporated by Reference
Some jurisdictions adopt all or parts of technical standards promulgated by professional associations and incorporate them into the jurisdiction's own code. Some codes are available online, such as the National Fire Protection Codes (NFPC). Note that viewing NFPC codes requires an account, and there are no "print", "save", "cut and paste", or "search" options.
Maryland Law Reviews and Journals
Publications from the law schools at University of Baltimore and University of Maryland are accessible in several locations and formats, including via free web resources.