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Introduction

The Rules of Procedure for the Maryland courts are promulgated by the Maryland Court of Appeals with the assistance of the Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure Rules   [Rules Committee].  The Rules Committee recommends amendments and additions to the Maryland Rules of Procedure to the Court of Appeals.  These proposed changes are first published in the Maryland Register as part of the Report of the Committee under “Notice of Proposed Rules Changes”.  A meeting notice is published in the Maryland Register and the Rules Committee then holds public meetings on the proposed recommended changes.  The minutes of these meetings are important sources of “intent”.  The minutes are available on the Rules Committee web page (1997-2012).  Contact the Committee for information on meetings prior to 1997 and after 2012. The telephone number is:  410-260-3630.  After the meeting the Court issues a Rules Order confirming the decisions made in the meeting.  The Rules Order is then published in the Maryland Register.  Final versions of the Maryland Rules are published annually as part of the Maryland Code.  They appear in the 2 volume set known as the “Maryland Rules”.  The Rules are published by LexisAdvance and WestlawNext.  Both editions are annotated with court decisions interpreting the Rules and also with other cross references.

Sources for Maryland Rules

Listed below are access sources for the Proposed and Final versions of the Maryland Rules of Procedure in both paper and electronic format:

  • Proposed Version
       Print:
          Maryland Register [KFM1235.A2] – Level 2

       Electronic Version:
          Maryland Register – Maryland Register Online web page.  Contains the last 8 issues.  
          LexisAdvance – Coverage for the Maryland Register is 2000 to the present.
  • Final Version
       Print:
          Annotated Code of Maryland (West)   [KFM1230.5.W4] – Level 2.
          Michie’s Annotated Code of the Public General Laws of Maryland (Lexis) – [KFM1230.5.M5] – Level 2. 
          Maryland Rules of Procedure (Bloomberg BNA Rules Service Co., loose-leaf) [KFM 1729.A2b] - Level 2

Note:  The Thurgood Marshall Law Library keeps superseded (out-of-date) volumes of the Maryland Rules.  They are shelved at the end of the Maryland section on Level 2.

               Electronic Version:
                  Lexis – [https://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/mdcode/ ] – free
                  Westlaw –
                        [https://govt.westlaw.com/mdc/Index?transitionType=Default&contextData=%28sc.Default%29 ] – free
                  Maryland State Law Library – Gateway to Maryland Law -
                       [http://www.lawlib.state.md.us/researchtools/sourcesmdlaw.html ]   - free

The BloombergLaw, LexisAdvance and WestlawNext  databases all contain access to the Maryland Rules of Procedure.


= TMLL Restricted Access

Historical Note

The Maryland Rules of Procedure were first included as part of the Maryland Code with the 1951 edition.  The Rules in this edition are located at the end of volume 2.  Prior to that time, the Rules were published periodically by the court and independent publishers.  Codes published prior to the 1957 edition are available on the Archives of Maryland Online web page in PDF format.  For a brief history of the Rules of Procedure read Judge Proctor's article, Maryland Rules of Practice and Procedure Brief History...

Additional Resources

  • Commentary on the New Maryland Rules of Civil Procedure, 43 Md. L. Rev. 669 (1984) 
  • Maryland Rules Commentary, Paul V. Niemeyer [and others] 4th ed. New Providence NJ: LexisNexis Matthew Bender, 2014 [KFM 1729.A2 2014]
  • Maryland Rules of Practice and Procedure Brief History - Pending and Projected Changes, Kenneth C. Proctor. 9 Md. B. J. 24 (1976)
  • Maryland Rules of Procedure. [Baltimore:  MICPEL, 1985]  [KFM 1729.A2c 1985]
  • Researching the Legislative History of Maryland Rules, John Cannan. 40 Md. B. J. 48 (2007)
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