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Appellate records are to appear on Case Search — soon

Maryland Judiciary Case Search will soon include access to appellate court cases, the judiciary confirmed Friday.

A notice appeared on the database’s home page earlier this month announcing that Court of Appeals and Court of Special Appeals cases would be added in September.

Case Search users will be able to search for appellate cases by case number or party name, according to a spokeswoman. Court of Appeals cases dating to 2014 and Court of Special Appeals cases going back to 1986 will be available.

Though the upgrade was originally scheduled to take effect Sept. 8, technological issues may delay matters, the spokeswoman said. The notice on the Case Search home page was altered to say “coming soon” and an exact date for the change is no longer provided.

Case Search is governed by the Maryland Rules, which lay out general access provisions and required nondisclosures. The database will undergo a systems upgrade from Aug. 23 to Aug. 25, according to the Case Search home page.

The database currently contains information from District and Circuit Court cases, including party names, attorneys, charges and claims, hearing dates and a tracked list of docket entries. It was launched in 2006 to provide information that was frequently requested from clerks’ offices.

Case Search contains traffic, criminal and civil case records. Information is entered by the clerk’s office in each jurisdiction and is reflected online almost immediately, according to the judiciary. Every county has information available for criminal cases since at least 2000 and civil cases since at least 1999.

The two appellate courts currently post the schedule of oral arguments and opinions to their websites. The Court of Appeals displays pending cases.

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