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Navigating Maryland's Legal Process

This section gives you information to help you resolve your conflict through a Maryland District or Circuit Court. Unlike the other parts of the site that focus on the law itself, this section focuses on the legal process. It addresses the steps you need to go through to evaluate your situation, file (or respond to) a case, prepare for court, and even appeal or enforce a decision, as needed.  It covers many key topics that you will need in order to be successful, such as how to draft complaints, locate the parties to include in the suit, find out more facts about the case, research the law, and present your case.

This section is only a very general guide and does not and cannot cover everything that might come up in every case. If you choose to go forward with your case, you will likely need to continue to research both the law and process for your case. Law libraries, self-help centers, and attorneys (including limited-scope representation) may help you with information and advice as your case progresses.

A word about lawsuits: suing someone can take a great deal of time and energy.  Some conflicts can be resolved outside of the courts. Be realistic about how much time you are willing to put into your case. Finally, use all of the information on this site to learn as much as you can about both the law and procedure to prepare.

Click on the links below to begin navigating Maryland's legal process.

Is this legal advice?

This site offers legal information, not legal advice.  We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information and to clearly explain your options.  However we do not provide legal advice - the application of the law to your individual circumstances. For legal advice, you should consult an attorney.  The Maryland Thurgood Marshall State Law Library, a court-related agency of the Maryland Judiciary, sponsors this site.  In the absence of file-specific attribution or copyright, the Maryland Thurgood Marshall State Law Library may hold the copyright to parts of this website. You are free to copy the information for your own use or for other non-commercial purposes with the following language “Source: Maryland's People’s Law Library – © Maryland Thurgood Marshall State Law Library, 2020.”