Maryland Courts

Records

The records maintained by the Clerk's Office are available to the public for review; however, juvenile and adoption case records can be accessed only through an order of the Court. Civil and criminal case information for most circuit courts is available online through Case Search.

The following is a partial list of the types of cases filed and processed by the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court:

Civil
  • With certain exceptions, matters which involve a claim for damages in excess of $30,000 are filed with the Circuit Court. In general, concurrent jurisdiction is shared with the District Court in matters which involve a claim for an amount between $5,000 and $30,000.
  • Judicial Review of Administrative Agency Decisions
  • Appeals from the District Court
  • Matters which involve domestic relations, titles to property, foreclosures, mechanics liens and injunctions 
  • Adoption and Paternity Matters
  • Guardianships
  • Name changes
Criminal
  • Felony and certain misdemeanor charges filed by the Grand Jury or the State's Attorney
  • Appeals from the District Court and requests for jury trials
Juvenile
  • Juvenile cases may include any matter brought before the Court which involve persons under the age of eighteen years.
Liens and Judgments
  • Liens and judgments including encumbrances, Federal tax liens, hospital liens, Maryland tax liens, District Court liens, civil judgments, and United States District Court judgments are recorded in the Office of the Clerk. Some or most of the case records are available on Case Search.

The following is a partial list of documents recorded with the Clerk for permanent retention:

Land Records
  • Deeds
  • Mortgages and Deeds of Trust
  • Leases
  • Releases of Mortgages and Deeds of Trust
  • Land Contracts

Some or most of the land records are available on MDLANDREC.NET

Plat Records
  • Subdivision
  • Condominium
  • Highway

PLATS.NET (Maryland Archives Plat Imaging Application - access can be granted with the username: plato and the password: plato#)

Miscellaneous Records
  • Financing Statements (prior to July 1, 1995)
  • Military Discharges
The records maintained by the Office of the Clerk of Court are available to the public for review. However, the records of juvenile or adoption cases can be accessed only through an order of the Court.

Please note that the Office of the Clerk is prohibited by Law from rendering any legal advice.