Oral Arguments before the Supreme Court: On March 1, 2024 The Supreme Court of Maryland will hear in-person oral arguments from the Supreme Court courtroom on March 1, 2024. Oral arguments will commence at 10:00 a.m.
On March 5, 2024, The Supreme Court will hear in-person oral arguments from St. Mary's College of Maryland's Nancy R. & Norton T. Dodge Performing Arts Center on March 5, 2024. Oral arguments will commence at 9:15 a.m.
The oral arguments will be livestreamed on the Court's webcast page.
Recording of Open Meeting: The recording of the Open Meeting to Discuss the 220th Report of the Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure and the Court-initiated proposed amendment to Rule 16-701(d) can be found here. It is archived in the Rules Meeting Archive.
Open Meeting: The Supreme Court will hold an open meeting to consider the 221st Report of the Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure and the Supplement to the 221st Report on Tuesday, March 19, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. This meeting will be livestreamed on the Court's webcast page. For more information regarding the meeting, including the deadline for written comments, please see the Notice.
Open Meeting on Mandatory CLE: On Wednesday, March 27, 2024 at 2:00 p.m., the Supreme Court of Maryland will hold an online meeting to discuss whether to continue considering the adoption of Mandatory CLE in Maryland. On June 16, 2023, the Workgroup to Study Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (“MCLE”) in Maryland provided the Supreme Court with its Final Report and Recommendations. In September 2023, the Supreme Court solicited written comments on the report and recommendations. On December 13, 2023, the Supreme Court held a public forum to receive further public input on the report and recommendations.
In light of the report and recommendations and comments the Court received, the Court has determined that it is appropriate to consider as a threshold question whether Maryland should retain its status as a non-Mandatory CLE jurisdiction or whether the Court should schedule a further meeting or meetings to consider how a system of Mandatory CLE, if adopted, should be implemented. The Court will address that threshold question during the online meeting to be held March 27, 2024. The March 27 meeting will be live streamed on the Court's webcast page. For further information on the report and recommendations, please go to this page.
Administration of the Attorney Oath: The Attorney Oath will be administered in person in the Supreme Court Courtroom prior to oral arguments on Friday, March 1, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. The Attorney Oath will be administered by Zoom from the Supreme Court Courtroom on Wednesday, March 20, 2024, at 1:00 p.m.
For more information, please refer to the March 29, 2022, Third Amended Administrative Order on Administration of the Attorney Oath.
The Supreme Court of Maryland is the State of Maryland’s highest court. The Supreme Court hears cases primarily by way of certiorari, a process that gives the Court discretion to hear appeals where it concludes that doing so is desirable and in the public interest. A party or parties seeking review by the Supreme Court file a “petition for writ of certiorari” asking the Court to hear specific questions presented by the case. If the Court grants a writ of certiorari, parties will then file briefs addressing the questions presented by the petition or the questions approved by the Court for review. In addition to its discretionary jurisdiction, the Court considers cases involving legislative redistricting, attorney discipline, and certified questions of law. The Court also establishes the rules of practice and procedure for cases filed in all Maryland’s Courts.
The Supreme Court consists of seven Justices. Each of the seven active Justices is appointed from one of the State’s seven appellate circuits. All seven Justices sit together to consider petitions for writ of certiorari and cases on the Court’s regular docket.
The Supreme Court is assisted in its work by senior judges and senior justices who sit for one or more of the Justices if they are recused from cases on the Court’s regular docket.
The Clerk of the Supreme Court and the Clerk’s Office Staff keep the appellate record and maintain the records of the Court. All papers submitted for consideration by the Court are filed with the Clerk.