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WELCOME to the fall issue of Justice Matters Online. The focus of this edition is Understanding Your Courts. There are questions that people who work in the courts are asked all the time; ranging from how do the courts work to how do I pay a traffic ticket? In this issue, we are going to answer some of those recurring questions.

This online edition includes links to Web resources, more articles, expanded versions of print edition articles, and multimedia features.

As always, we invite your feedback on how to make Justice Matters and Justice Matters Online more useful and user-friendly. Questions and comments? Email justicematters@mdcourts.gov.

Where do I go to find answers and help?

The Maryland Judiciary offers many resources for answers and help, both online and in person. One of the best sources of information is our website, www.mdcourts.gov. The website is always open: 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year. Here, you can find answers to most of your questions.

The Judiciary’s website has a whole section that has answers to your questions about legal matters and court processes. More

Peoples Law Library
What is the People's Law Library (PLL)?

The Maryland People’s Law Library is an important website about Maryland law and legal matters. The legal information and self-help website is maintained by the Maryland State Law Library, an agency of the Maryland Judiciary, and supported by non-profit legal service providers throughout the state. More

Which court does what?

The Maryland court system has four levels: two trial courts and two appellate courts. The trial courts consider evidence presented in a case and make judgments based on the facts, the law and legal precedent (prior legal decisions from a higher court). Appellate courts review a trial court's actions and decisions and decide whether the trial judge properly followed the law and legal precedent. More

Police traffic speed gun
What do I do if I get a traffic ticket?

There are three actions you can take within 30 days of receiving a traffic ticket. Follow these guidelines to ensure a timely payment of your ticket, or to request a trial. More




Need a lawyer
Do I need a lawyer?

Should you represent yourself in a court case or do you need a lawyer? How do you find and work with a lawyer? Two videos on the Maryland Judiciary’s website help answer these questions:

  • Should I Represent Myself?
    How to decide if you should handle a legal problem on your own.

  • Hiring and Working with Your Lawyer
    How to hire and work with a lawyer.


Jury box
What do I need to know about jury service?

Serving on a jury is both a responsibility of being a citizen and an opportunity to serve the community. It does not take any special training, skills, or legal knowledge to be a juror, just the requirement that you keep an open mind, pay attention, and make a decision based on the law and evidence that is presented. Here are some of the basics you should know.

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More resources

Check out more resources, including brochures, videos, and self-help centers. More