Mark Your Calendars: Maryland Appellate Courts to Change Names on December 14

The Court of Appeals of Maryland posted this update today:

Important Information: Subject to the certification of the vote totals of the 2022 General Election, on December 14, 2022, the Governor is expected to issue a proclamation announcing that a majority of votes from the November 8 General Election were in favor of the constitutional amendment to change the names of Maryland’s two appellate courts. Upon the Governor signing the proclamation, the Court of Appeals of Maryland will be renamed the Supreme Court of Maryland, its judges will be renamed justices, and the Court of Special Appeals will be renamed the Appellate Court of Maryland.

Any brief or other paper filed in the Court of Appeals before 12:01 a.m. on December 14, 2022, shall be captioned in the Court of Appeals of Maryland. Any brief or other paper filed in the Court after 12:01 a.m. on December 14, 2022, shall be captioned in the Supreme Court of Maryland. Briefs and papers received after 12:01 a.m. on December 14 that are captioned in the Court of Appeals of Maryland will be received by the Clerk, but the filer will be required to file a corrected brief or paper captioned in the Supreme Court of Maryland.

The change occurring on December 14, 2022, is a change in name only. The precedents, Rules, and all other practices of the Court are unaffected by the change and will continue in force as the precedents, Rules, and practices of the Supreme Court of Maryland.

Here is the corresponding post from the Court of Special Appeals:

Any brief or other paper filed in the Court of Special Appeals before 12:01 a.m. on December 14, 2022, shall be captioned in the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland. Any brief or other paper filed in the Court after 12:01 a.m. on December 14, 2022, shall be captioned in the Appellate Court of Maryland. Briefs and papers received after 12:01 a.m. on December 14 that are captioned in the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland will be received by the Clerk, but the filer will be required to file a corrected brief or paper captioned in the Appellate Court of Maryland.

The change occurring on December 14, 2022, is a change in name only. The precedents, Rules, and all other practices of the Court are unaffected by the change and will continue in force as the precedents, Rules, and practices of the Appellate Court of Maryland.

One response to “Mark Your Calendars: Maryland Appellate Courts to Change Names on December 14”

  1. Nancy Forster says :

    Justice??? How pretentious. Change the name of the COA to the Supreme Court of Maryland? I can live with that. But JUSTICE??? I think not. Sorry, Your Honors.

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