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Online Court Resources
Resources for the Somerset County District Court as well as online resources applicable to courts generally in Somerset County, Maryland, and resources applicable to all courts in Maryland.
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Court Case Records
Search Maryland Circuit and District Court civil, criminal and traffic case records by party name, party type, case type, court type, county, filing date, and case number.
Published opinions and orders
Attorney General Opinions
View official opinions of the Maryland Attorney General by year, opinion number, and topic.
Forms and related information
View and download Maryland Circuit and District Court forms including civil, family, criminal, traffic, protective order, and expungement.
Online fine payments
Pay Maryland Traffic Citations
Pay Maryland District Court Uniform Traffic Citation payments online. A fee applies.
Self help, legal research, general information
District Court Alternative Dispute Resolution
View information about Maryland District Courts Alternative Dispute Resolution programs, which include mediation and settlement conferences and can help parties resolve disputes without going to trial.
District Court Criminal Cases
View information about criminal cases in Maryland District Courts, including how to file a criminal complaint, case procedure, and expungement of criminal records.
District Court Self-Help
View information about available services for self-represented parties in civil cases at the District Court Self-Help Center, including a live chat service.
District Court Self-Help Brochures
View and download brochures in English or Spanish about types of District Court cases, including small claims, collecting a judgment, landlord-tenant, criminal, family, domestic violence, interpreters, mediation, traffic, and transcripts.
District Court Traffic Cases
View information about traffic cases in Maryland District Courts, including plea options, fine payments, types of citations, court procedure, and records.
View information about small claims cases in Maryland District Courts, including monetary limit, filing instructions, mediation, case procedure, and collecting a judgment.
Domestic Violence Information
View information for victims of domestic violence, including instructions for obtaining a protective order or peace order, links to shelters and other resources, and hotlines.
Find instructions and forms for expunging records from court, police, and motor vehicle files.
Foreclosure Prevention Help
The HOPE Initiative offers information and resources for homeowners facing foreclosure, including Attorney General settlement, counseling, mediation, an online research library, a foreclosure prevention workshop, and a toll-free hotline.
View information about mediation, which can help parties resolve disputes without going to trial. Links to additional resources and rosters of approved mediators are also provided.
The Maryland Attorney General offers information about services available to crime victims, with links to the Victim Services page of the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, The Maryland Crime Victims Resource Center, and the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention which has victims' rights brochures and forms.
Attorney General Legal Information
The Maryland Attorney General offers legal information on a variety of legal topics, including consumer issues, health policy, business, and more. An advance directive (living will) form is included.
The Maryland Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division offers instructions and forms for filing a consumer complaint, answers to frequently asked questions, consumer tips and publications, and information about mediation and arbitration, identity theft, home construction, vehicles, recalls, health, and other consumer issues.
Free Mediation Services
View a directory of Community Mediation Centers in Maryland offering free mediation services, organized by county.
Glossary of Legal Terms
Find definitions of commonly used legal terms.
Housing Case Information
View information about landlord/tenant and foreclosure cases in Maryland courts, with links to forms, brochures, and additional online resources.
Legal Research Topics
The People's Law Library of Maryland offers information about various legal topics including consumer, criminal, domestic violence, education, employment, family law, benefits, health, housing, motor vehicles, senior issues, wills and estates, youth law, court procedure, forms, case filing, and more. An ask-a-librarian service by e-mail is also available.
Senior Legal Issues Resources
The Maryland Attorney General offers a free consumer guide that can be downloaded or ordered, and additional information on topics of interest to seniors, including financial exploitation, telemarketing fraud, nursing homes, and end-of-life care.
State Bar Legal Information
The Maryland State Bar Association offers brochures on a variety of legal topics including senior issues, consumer, family, employment, health benefits, juvenile court, lawyers, traffic, arrest, and wills and estates.
State Law Library
View information about the Maryland State Law Library, including location, hours, an online catalog, available materials and services, links to legal research resources and local law libraries, and an Ask-a-Librarian service by telephone and e-mail.
State Statutes and Rules
Search the Maryland Code, Constitution, and court rules by keyword, or browse by table of contents.
Legal aid, free services, lawyer referral
View information about the Maryland Office of the Public Defender, which provides criminal defense services to defendants who cannot afford to hire a lawyer. Local office contacts and application instructions are included.
Attorney Complaints and Discipline
The Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission offers instructions for filing a complaint against an attorney, forms, and summaries by year of disciplinary actions against sanctioned attorneys.
Attorney Fee Disputes
View contact information for attorney fee disputes, including the The Maryland State Bar Association and local bar associations.
Find Legal Help Resources
The People's Law Library of Maryland offers information on getting legal help, including free services, mediation, and self-help programs. Links to legal clinics, hotlines, information about lawyers, forms, legal research, and case filing instructions are also available.
Free and Low-Cost Legal Assistance
The People's Law Library of Maryland provides a list of organizations that offer free and low-cost legal services to eligible clients, with contact information and links.
Search the Maryland State Bar Association directory of member attorneys by name, city, county, practice area, admission state, and section membership.
Lawyer Referral Services
View contact information for lawyer referral services by county.
Maryland Legal Aid provides free legal assistance in civil matters to income-eligible residents. Income guidelines, types of cases handled, an online intake application, and information about additional service providers are included.
Search an index of active Maryland attorneys in good standing by name.
The Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service provides income guidelines, counties served, types of cases handled, and an online application form for free or low-cost legal assistance. Links to clinics and local providers are also available.