Maryland Legal Overview
The highest court in Maryland is the Court of Appeals, comprised of a Chief Justice and six other associate justices. There is another intermediate appellate court called the Court of Special Appeals, comprised of a Chief Judge and 12 other associate judges. All state judges are appointed by the Governor and must subsequently get elected for a 10-year term. The Circuit Court is the main trail court with general jurisdiction over civil and criminal cases. The District Court has limited jurisdiction over small claims, traffic violations, domestic violence, misdemeanors and civil cases involving limited sums.
Top metro Maryland areas for Legal Issues:
1. Capital punishment is legal in Maryland. Landmark cases initially filed in Maryland have helped define federal power. In McCulloch v. Maryland (1819), the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Maryland's attempt to tax notes of banks chartered outside the state. The court clarified that states cannot impede the U.S. Congress from implementing the Constitution's express powers. In Marbury v. Madison (1803), the court refused to intervene in a dispute regarding an executive appointment by President John Adams, citing that the provision under which the lawsuit was filed sought to extend the court's jurisdiction in violation of Article III of the U.S. Constitution.
2. Law enforcement officials raided a salon in Capitol Heights, Maryland, busting what they say was a group that stole items such as Tide, fragrances, razor blades, and sold them to stores in Vietnam.
3. A former cop pressed charges against the city of Hyattsville, Maryland, claiming that she was sexually assaulted by another officer.
Trending Maryland Legal Topics: The Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) was established in 1896 as a voluntary organization. It currently has 23,000 members, including a majority of the 22,170 odd lawyers licensed to practice law in Maryland. The Bar exam is administered by the State Board of Law Examiners.