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Maryland Resources

This State Guide lists the major sources of law in Maryland.

Reported Appellate Court Opinions

Maryland Reports: Cases Adjudged in the Court of Appeals for Maryland (Md.) print edition for 1948 - : Call Number: State 1st Floor KFM1945 .A2 (1948 - , currently updated at Law Library).

Maryland Reports: Cases Adjudged in the Court of Appeals of Maryland (Md.) print edition for 1851 - 1947: Call Number: State 1st Floor KFM1245 .A2 (1851 - 1947).

Maryland Advance Reports in print: Call Number: State 1st Floor KFM1245 .A3 (Published weekly, except last week of September and first week of October. Currently updated at Law Library).

Atlantic Reporter. First Series (A.) in print: v.1, 1885 - v.200, 1938, Call Number: Closed Stacks South KF135 .A7 (Ask Circulation Desk for assistance). Includes opinions from Maryland Court of Appeals only.

Atlantic Reporter. First Series (A.) on LMC Digital: 1885–1925, Vol. 1–129. Includes opinions from Maryland Court of Appeals only.

Atlantic Reporter. Second Series (A2d.) in print: v. 1, 1938 - v. 999, 2010, Call Number: Closed Stacks South KF135 .A712 (Ask Circulation Desk for assistance). Includes opinions from Maryland Court of Appeals only.

West's Atlantic Reporter. Third Series (A3d.) print edition for 2010 - , (canceled in 2012 at Law Library). Call Number: Closed Stacks South KF135 .A712 (Ask Circulation Desk for assistance). Includes opinions from Maryland Court of Appeals only.

Maryland Appellate Court: The database includes reported opinions, in pdf format, from the Court of Appeals and the Court of Special Appeals from 1995 to date. There are two ways of accessing the opinions you need. You can do a full-text keyword search. Opinions can also be listed by case docket number/term, by official case citation, by appellant's (or first party's) name, by date opinion is filled by court, or by judge. You can choose one particular year or all years. Reported opinions are posted on the web site on the day they are filed.

Court of Appeals of Maryland on Bloomberg Law (1658 - )

MD Court of Appeals of Maryland from 1658 on Lexis (1658 - ). Includes official and parallel citations from 1A. from 1885); 1H. & J. (1800 - ); 1H. & McH. (1770 - ).

Maryland State Cases, Combined on Lexis. Contains all published decisions from the Court of Appeals since 1770 (1H. & McH.), from the Court of Special Appeals since February 1967 and from the Tax Court since January 1979. Selected unpublished decisions from 1967 for Court of Appeals and from 1982 for Court of Special Appeals.

Maryland Court of Appeals Cases on Westlaw (1787 - )

Maryland Cases on Westlaw: Covering cases from Provincial Court, Proprietary Province of Maryland (1714 - 1774), General Court (1781 - 1805), Court of Appeals (1787 - ), Court of Special Appeals (1967 - ), Tax Court (1960 - ).

Maryland Appellate Reports, Cases Adjudged in the Court of Special Appeals in Maryland (Md. App.) in print: Call Number: State 1st Floor KFM1248 .A2 (v.1 1967 - , currently updated at Law Library).

Court of Special Appeals on Bloomberg Law (1966 - )

MD Court of Special Appeals of Maryland from 1967 on Lexis (Feb. 1967, 1 Md. App. - ).

Maryland Court of Special Appeals Cases on Westlaw (1967 - )

Tax Court on Bloomberg Law 

Maryland Tax Court Cases on Westlaw (1960 - )

Amicus Curiarum (v.20, 2003 - ). A monthly publication of the Administrative Office of the Courts that provides abstracted highlights of selected appellate options. 

Maryland Preliminary Reports on HeinOnline (1658 - 1854). Including historical case opinions from General Court, High Court of Chancery and Court of Appeals.

Maryland Preliminary Reports on LLMC Digital (1658 - 1854). Including historical case opinions from General Court, High Court of Chancery and Court of Appeals, Maryland Report digests, and miscellaneous records.

Archives of Maryland Online (1637 - 1854). Including historical court reporting of the Provincial Court, Court of Chancery and Court of Appeals and miscellaneous court records.

High Court of Chancery on Bloomberg Law (1792 - 1852)

Unreported Appellate Court Opinions

Under Maryland Rules 1-104, unpublished opinions are not precedent and also not persuasive authority; therefore, you should not cite them in documents submitted to Maryland courts.

Circuit Court Opinions

As noted in Pamela Gregory, Legal Research in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia [in print] (2000) (Reference Desk KF240 .C43 2000):

"Opinions of the circuit courts seldom are ever published, as they are nisi prius opinions. Occasionally an opinion will be of such general interest or uniqueness that the Daily Record will publish it, but those instances are rare." (p. 2-60).

Daily Record: A daily newspaper containing legal announcements, court calendar, opinions of the Attorney General, and synopses of important court decisions.

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