The General Rule
If you are involved in a court case, you are generally not allowed to privately contact the judge about the case. This rule ensures that the court’s process remains fair to all who are involved.
Maryland law and court practice may create certain rare exceptions to this rule. For example, you may be able to request an exception in emergencies or to protect a party from physical harm.
Read the Law: Maryland Rule 1-351
Using a Motion to ask the Court to take action
However, there is a way for a plaintiff or a defendant to ask the judge to take a specific action in the case. This process is called “filing a motion.” A motion is a request asking the court to give an order that the court or another party must do something. If you have an attorney, your attorney will file the motion.
For instructions on filing a motion in a Maryland Circuit Court, see Filing a Motion in a Maryland Circuit Court.
What does "ex parte" mean?
"Ex parte" means one-sided. Talking privately with the judge about your case, without giving notice to the other party, is called "ex parte communication" and is generally not allowed.
- Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County: Procedure for Emergency and Ex Parte Requests
- Circuit Court for Balitmore CIty: Civil Procedures
- Circuit Court for Calvert County: Request for Emergency or Expedited Relief
- Circuit Court for Prince George's County: FAQs