In Maryland, there are limited jurisdiction courts, a general jurisdiction trial court, and two appellate courts. The appellate courts consist of the Court of Special Appeals, and the Court of Appeals.

The limited jurisdiction courts include the District Court and the Orphan’s Court. The District Court is a non-jury court that handles traffic and boating violations, misdemeanors, some felonies, domestic violence, small claims, landlord-tenant disputes, and civil cases up to $30,000. The Orphan’s Court handles wills, estates, and probate cases.

The Circuit Court is the trial court of general jurisdiction. It handles major civil cases, felony criminal cases, and juvenile & family law cases, including divorce, custody, and child support.

Most records you will need can be found by clicking on the resource below titled “Court Records - Statewide Civil, Criminal & Traffic.” We also have resources for U.S. District Court federal civil, criminal, and bankruptcy records; Appellate Court opinions; Register of Wills estate searches; and Prince Georges County probate records.

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