Case Law, Administrative Decisions and Orders
Several subscription online legal research services provide full text of state and federal cases, including cases relating to agricultural law, with coverage extending as far back in time as most researchers usually need. Subscription online legal research services include Bloomberg Law, Lexis Advance, WestlawNext, and Fast Case.
Another online legal research service worth mentioning is Maryland Decisions. Maryland Decisions is a database containing the full text of opinions from Maryland circuit courts and Maryland's Office of Administrative Hearings. However, this database is still very small. See also: Maryland Appellate Court Opinions.
Free Resources: Free databases do not include cases dating back as far as the materials in Lexis and Westlaw databases. It is not recommended that you use free case law databases in your research.
- Federal Judiciary
- United States District Court for the District of Maryland
- Maryland Judiciary
- Appellate Court Opinions
- Maryland State Courts
- Baltimore City Circuit Court
- Baltimore City District Courts
Lexis: If you find one good case on Lexis, you may be able to find others by identifying the headnote that best describes the issue of interest to you, then clicking "More Like This Headnote," or by Shepardizing the case to find other cases that have cited it for the issue represented by that headnote.
- MD Cases, Administrative Decisions & Attorney General Opinions, Combined (MDCASE)
- MD State Cases, Combined (MDCTS)
- MD - Maryland Court Rules (MDRULE)
Westlaw: If you find one good case on Westlaw, you may be able to find others by identifying the headnote that best describes the issue of interest to you, then clicking "Most Cited Cases" for that headnote. You could also try clicking "KeyCite Notes" to find other cases that have cited your good case for issue represented by that headnote.