Filing a Petition for Writ of Certiorari
- New filing rules effective January 1, 2016.
- See also the Rules Order filed September 17, 2015.
- Filing Rules Prior to January 1, 2016 for information only.
New rules effective January 1, 2016
1. A petition for writ of certiorari filed in the Court of Appeals seeking review of a decision of the Court of Special Appeals is to be filed no later than 15 days from the date of the mandate of the Court of Special Appeals. A petition seeking review of a circuit court decision on appeal from the District Court of Maryland is to be filed 30 days from the date of the judgment of the circuit court.
2. An original and seven copies of a petition are required.
3. A filing fee of $61.00 is also required.
4. A petition is not to exceed 3,900 words in length (not including attachments).
5. Attachments to the petition are:
a. Docket entries evidencing the judgment of the circuit court.
b. Any opinion of the circuit court.
c. Any written order issued under Rule 2-602(b).
d. If the case has not been decided by the Court of Special Appeals, all briefs that have been filed in the Court of Special Appeals; and
e. Any opinion of the Court of Special Appeals.
6. An answer to a petition is due 15 days from the filing date of the petition. An original and seven copies of the answer must be filed. There is no filing fee for answers.
7. A cross petition requires a $61.00 filing fee, and an original and seven copies of the cross petition must be filed.
8. Petitions usually take six to eight weeks to be acted on by the Court.
For more information or clarification, refer to Chapter 300 of Title 8 of the Maryland Rules.