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Md. high court will be dateless in December

Maryland’s top court, like its federal counterpart, is a discretionary tribunal, meaning it can pick and choose the appeals it chooses to hear.

Every such “court of last resort” has times when it exercises more discretion than it usually does and hears fewer cases, a trend referred to as “the incredible shrinking docket.”

The Maryland Court of Appeals is clearly going through one such time.

As evidence, the court has scheduled no cases in December during what is, ironically, known as its “December sitting.” The session does include two days in November, the 29th and 30th, when the high court will hear a total of six appeals before recessing until Jan. 3.


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