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Court of Special Appeals to post unreported opinions online

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals will begin posting its unreported opinions online Friday, the state judiciary has confirmed.

The opinions, to be posted on the judiciary’s website, will be accompanied by a notice that they have no precedential value beyond the specific case and lawyers may not cite the opinion in any other case.

If a lawyer does cite an unreported opinion outside the specific case, the Court of Special Appeals — Maryland’s intermediate appellate tribunal — may strike the attorney’s pleading, brief or paper in which the citation appears or “enter any other appropriate order,” the judiciary has stated.

The judiciary has also noted that “an opinion that has been designated as unreported does not become reported by posting on the website.”

Currently, the unreported opinions are publicly available only through the clerk’s office at the Court of Special Appeals in Annapolis. The Daily Record has been posting the unreported opinions on its website for paid subscribers since last fall.