Court of Special Appeals to Disclose Panels 7-10 Days Before Argument
Until now, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals (like the Fourth Circuit) has not disclosed the identities of the three judges hearing an appeal until the morning of argument. That is changing, beginning next month.
According to the Court’s May 2019 schedule:
This change comes just four months after Chief Judge Matt Fader took the reins at the Court of Special Appeals.
The timing of panel disclosure means that briefing will have closed by the time the parties learn which judges will be hearing their cases. Without leave of court, replies must be filed at least ten days before argument, under Rule 8-502(b).