Legal help online

The People’s Law Library launched a newly redesigned website at The site offers free legal information and self-help resources, including expanded, updated and easy-to-find information about legal issues, including housing and family law.

The People’s Law Library website began in 1996 to help people who may be representing themselves in legal matters. The Maryland State Law Library has managed the website for the past three years. More than two million visitors used the People’s Law Library last year.

The new website has the most popular search items on the home page and provides step-by-step instructions on how to file a case, prepare for court and appeal a decision. The site also features new laws, a legal services directory and a calendar of events.

“The People’s Law Library is the place where so many people turn first for information about legal issues and to find links for legal help,” said retired Court of Appeals Judge Irma S. Raker, chair of the Maryland Access to Justice Commission. “It is critical that we provide information and resources for all, and perhaps especially for the most vulnerable, including low-income Marylanders and those who are representing themselves in our state’s courts.”

The People’s Law Library is supported by Maryland’s non-profit legal services providers. Several legal aid programs, public interest attorneys and community advocacy groups have provided information.

To visit the updated and redesigned People’s Law Library, go to