Judicial Branch - Courts

 

Circuit Court

Civil & Criminal Jury and Non-Jury Trials; Family & Juvenile Matters

 

Clerk of the Circuit Court

Manages & Maintains records of cases filed in Circuit Court; Civil Marriages; Marriage & other Licenses; Passport Applications

 

Orphans' Court

Probate Court; Estates and Guardianship of Minors

 

Register of Wills

Oversee estate filings; Clerk to the Orphans’ Court; Determine & collect inheritance taxes and probate fees

 

District Court

Non-jury civil and criminal trials; landlord-tenant actions; traffic offenses; peace orders; domestic violence protection

 

Court of Special Appeals

Appeals from the Circuit Court

 

Court of Appeals

Maryland’s highest court; Appeals in cases with unique legal issues