Public Information Act Requests

Maryland's Public Information Act (PIA) provides a broad 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 16, Chapter 900 of the Maryland Rules (Rules).

Most court records are in the custody of a local Clerk’s Office.  To review a case file or request documents within a case file, please contact the Clerk’s Office at the courthouse where the case was filed or the hearing or trial was held.  To request a public record from the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) or to request court data, contact the AOC’s PIA representative:

Kelley O'Connor
Government Relations and Public Affairs
Administrative Office of the Courts
580 Taylor Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone: 410-260-1488
communications@mdcourts.gov
http://mdcourts.gov
 
Under the current Rules, many records and documents are frequently available immediately upon request, including those listed here.  Please note that there are occasions, including but not limited to when there are technical problems, when requests are made for multiple or bulk records, or when files are in active use or archived storage, that specific documents may not be immediately available.