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Maryland Legal Research

A number of legal resources for Maryland are available on the Internet such as: the current Maryland statutes, regulations and Appellate Courts decisions. The purpose of this resource guide is to quickly lead researchers to those sources. However, it is not an exhaustive list of all resources available, and it is not meant as legal advice. The Law Library is not responsible for this information or the utilization thereof. For further assistance it would be best to consult an attorney.

Maryland Statutes and Regulations

Statutes: The current Maryland Code online may be accessed through the Maryland State Law Library's Gateway to Maryland Laws. The Maryland laws are usually available via several sources. Typically the two major publishers of legal information, West and Lexis, offer their versions of the law.  Meanwhile, a link to the Maryland code from the Maryland General Assembly is always offered. The text of the Code should be the same from each publisher. The main differences are in how the Code is presented, the interface, and the search capabilities. Try each version to determine which you prefer.

Bills: The Maryland General Assembly provides access to bills from 1996 to the present. Bills can be searched in a variety of ways including subject matter and bill number. Access to current session bills and general session information may be found via the General Assembly. Bills from prior session bills may be found by searching the Legislation by Session. Make sure to change the session year near the bottom of the search form to search the desired year.

COMAR – Code of Maryland Regulations: The Secretary of State's Division of State Documents provides access to COMAR online. Please note: "[t]he contents of the Maryland Register and the Code of Maryland Regulations shall be judicially noticed from the official text of those publications." (Courts and Judicial Proceedings Article, §10-203(a)(2), Code of Maryland.)

Maryland Register: The Division of State Documents also provides online access to the Maryland Register. The Register is published every two weeks, and the nine most recent issues can be viewed online.

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Executive Branch

Governor: The Governor's website links to various gubernatorial documents:

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Legislative Branch

Find information from the The Maryland General Assembly:

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Judicial Branch

Find information from the Maryland Judiciary:

View select Family Law and District Court forms.

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Miscellaneous Resources

Avalon Project: This Yale Law School project provides easy to read major legal, historical, and diplomatic American documents. Among the documents you can find here are the Charter for the province of Maryland as well as the Constitution of the state of Maryland.

State of Maryland: Find information for all three branches of state government as well as state agencies, local governments, and state business and education material.

Maryland Manual: This guide to the Maryland government shows the organizational structure of the state government. It also presents information about the three branches of state government including statistics on Maryland and the local communities. It includes biographies of Maryland officials and it publishes state history information.

Office of the Attorney General: View Attorney General opinions and find information on legal topics.

Maryland State Archives: View the Maryland Manual and historical records.

Maryland Provincial and Early Statehood Law: View early Maryland laws through the Maryland State Archives.

Maryland Constitution (PDF): View the state constitution through the Maryland State Archives. 

Maryland State Bar Association: View public resources from the state's legal professional organization.

Women's Law Center: Find information on law and how it relates to women and families.

People's Law Library: Find "legal and self-help information on Maryland and federal law affecting low and moderate income persons and their families."

University of Baltimore School of Law: Find resources from the University of Baltimore School of Law and its law library.

University of Maryland School of Law: Find information on the University of Maryland law school and Thurgood Marshall Law Library

Code Lynx – Maryland Codes Administration: Find information on codes in the state of Maryland.

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Revised June 16, 2015

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