The District Court of Maryland was created by an amendment to the Maryland Constitution and came into existence on July 5, 1971. It is a fully state-funded court of record possessing statewide jurisdiction.
The jurisdiction of the court includes all landlord-tenant cases, replevin actions, motor vehicle violations, misdemeanors and certain felonies. In civil cases the District Court has exclusive jurisdiction in claims for $5,000 or less, and concurrent jurisdiction with the circuit courts in claims for amounts above $5,000 but less than $30,000. The jurisdiction of the District Court is concurrent with that of the circuit court in criminal cases, classified as misdemeanors and certain felonies, in which the penalty may be confinement for 3 years or more or a fine of $2,500 or more. The District Court does not conduct jury trials.
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is the mission of the District Court of Maryland to provide equal
and exact justice for all who are involved in litigation before the
It is the sworn obligation of the judges
of the Court to ensure that every case tried herein
is adjudicated expeditiously, courteously, and according
to law, and with the fullest protection for the rights
of all who are involved, for the most extraordinary
aspect of the judiciary in a free society is that
even while exercising the vast authority entrusted
to them, judges remain the servants, and not the
masters, of those on whom they sit in judgment.
It is the function of the nonjudicial
employees of the District Court to facilitate the
hearing and processing of all cases within the Court’s
jurisdiction, and to deal fairly, courteously, and
patiently with all with whom they come into contact,
without regard to age, race, sex, religion, national
origin, disability, or political or social standing.
was to ensure the fulfillment of these ideas that
this Court was founded, and its commitment to them
must always remain unwavering and unyielding.
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2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
By Fiscal Year
FY05, FY06, FY07, FY08, FY09, FY10, FY11, FY12
District Court: How a case moves through the courts (Power
District Court Audio: WMA format file (approx.
6 min. broadband download.) Companion audio (approx.
1 hour presentation) for About District Court power
point from Governor's Academy 8/2005. Narrated by Chief Judge
Ben. C. Clyburn.
Choices: Companion lesson plan for school visit by Chief
Judge. Lesson focuses upon choices made by youth.
of Power (5-07)
What would you do? (5-07)
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the case is filed.