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How do I determine if I should file a case?
For more information on evaluating your situation, visit the People's Law Library website.
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I forgot my court date. How do I find out when it is?
You can look up the case online at CaseSearch. Court dates should appear under Court Scheduling Information. You can also call the Clerk's Office at 410-535-1600 ext. 2268 or 2404 (Civil) or ext. 2270 (Criminal).
I have a conflict with a court date. How can I request to have the date postponed?
You will need to submit the request in writing and it must comply with the general provisions for pleadings in Maryland Rules 1-301 through 1-361. Make sure that you include a description of the good reason you have to make the request. You will have to include a certificate of service, which is a certificate stating that you have sent a copy of your motion/request to postpone to all the other parties or their attorneys in the case (Rule 1-323). It certifies when and how you served the other party with the motion. Allow plenty of time for the other party to respond. Remember that the court may still refuse to change the date.
What might happen if I fail to appear for a scheduled trial date?
If you are the Plaintiff in the case, your case could be dismissed. If you are the defendant in a civil or family law matter, the plaintiff could ask the presiding judge to enter a "default judgment" against you in their favor. A writ of attachment could be issued for you. A writ of attachment is a court order commanding the sheriff to arrest a person who is in contempt of court. If you are the defendant in a criminal case, a bench warrant may be issued for your arrest.
Can I pay with a debit or credit card?
Unfortunately, at this time the answer is no. The Administrative Office of the Courts is developing a statewide cashiering system that will include a module for debit/credit card services. Until that system is rolled out, unless the court already had a contract for the use of credit/debit cards in place, Clerk's offices may not add those additional services. You may pay with cash, check, or money order.
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