The public database of Maryland court records has been expanded to include case information from the Court of Appeals (COA) and the Court of Special Appeals (COSA).
The Maryland Judiciary Case Search, an online database of public court records, will now include appellate court case information. In announcing the additional records, Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera noted it would help enhance transparency and access to information on cases that have been appealed.
A press release from Maryland Courts announced:
Case Search users are now able to search for appellate cases by party names or case numbers. Although Case Search does not include case documents, it contains detailed case information from all Maryland appellate, circuit, and district court case management systems and allows users to satisfy many information requests commonly received in the court clerks’ offices.
The Maryland Judiciary Case Search frequently asked questions provides further details on the range of records and dates available:
Court of Appeals petitions, appeals, attorney grievance and judicial disability cases are available. Court of Special Appeals appeals, applications for leave to appeal and miscellaneous cases are available.
Court of Appeals cases are available from term year 2015 until the present. Court of Special Appeals cases are available from term year 2016 until the present.
The Daily Record also reports on the history and availability of records prior to the recent additions:
Prior to the expansion to appellate cases, the database had been limited to information from district and circuit courts, including party names, attorneys, charges and claims, hearing dates and a tracked list of docket entries. Case Search was launched in 2006 to provide information that was frequently requested from clerks’ offices, according to the Judiciary.
For more information:
Judiciary Case Search expands to appellate courts (The Daily Record)