Maryland Circuit Court Attorneys
At Lusk Law, LLC, we have years of experience handling cases for clients in Circuit Court. The cases we handle include family law cases, breach of contract, real estate disputes, and tort actions. However, our team has experience in several different types of cases, and many clients who have come to us with one specific legal need end up working with us on a wide spectrum of legal issues.
Types of Cases in Circuit Court
Circuit Courts generally handle more serious criminal cases and major civil cases. These include juvenile and other family law cases such as divorce, custody, and child support. The Circuit Courts hear most cases appealed from the District Court, orphans’ courts, and some administrative agencies. Circuit Courts also hear domestic violence cases.
In addition, any tort or contract cases for money damages involving disputed sums of more than $30,000 are the exclusive original jurisdiction of the Circuit Courts. The Circuit Courts share concurrent jurisdiction with the District Courts in cases where the amount in controversy is between $5,000 and $30,000.
Circuit Courts are the only state courts empowered to conduct jury trials. In Circuit Court, cases may be decided by juries, but they also may be decided by a judge only. In civil cases in which the amount in controversy exceeds $15,000, either party may move an action filed in District Court to the Circuit Court by demanding a jury trial. Similarly, a criminal defendant who would normally be tried in District Court may remove the case to Circuit Court by demanding a jury trial if he is entitled to such a trial.
There is a Circuit Court and Clerk’s Office in each of Maryland’s 23 counties and the City of Baltimore. Circuit Courts are grouped in eight judicial circuits, each of which encompasses two or more counties – except the 8th Judicial Circuit, which consists solely of Baltimore County.
What Sets Circuit Court Apart from Other Courts?
Circuit Court cases have a unique set of legal benchmarks and challenges. They tend to be more complex than cases in District Court, which are brought before a judge with no juries. Circuit Course cases also usually take more time to litigate than District Court cases, and they involve more discovery, such as depositions. Whereas cases in District Court that are over $5,000 still do permit discovery, a process dealing with fact-finding, the discovery is limited to only 15 interrogatories and does not include depositions and extensive questions and document production discovery.
Circuit Courts also have jurisdiction over family law cases, which cover such things as establishing the legal and financial boundaries of a new relationship, resolving disputes among family members or spouses, and ensuring the future and protection of your loved ones. Family law is a central part of our practice at Lusk Law, LLC, and many of our clients find that their business and personal interests are inherently joined to those of their family. The attorneys at Lusk Law have extensive experience in handling Circuit Court family law cases involving complex issues such as divorce, child support, and custody issues. We strive to help our clients in family law cases to achieve the best outcomes possible, handling all cases with discretion and sensitivity, working hard to resolve disputes with as little stress to all parties as possible. An attorney is a vital part of protecting the interests of a parent and their children in any dispute regarding child custody and support.
Let Lusk Law, LLC, Help
Our attorneys handle matters at all levels of Maryland state court – district, circuit, and appellate – and matters in the Federal Courts of Maryland and the District of Columbia, and are admitted to the bar in the 4th and 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.
At Lusk Law, LLC, we help clients with many different types of cases. Our clients have come to depend on our versatility and ability to tackle pressing legal needs. Maryland’s court system can seem complicated and intimidating from the outside, but it doesn’t have to be. A qualified attorney can help you explore your legal options even if you don’t happen to have a deep understanding of Maryland’s court system. We can help you determine your best options and chart a path to resolve any issues you are facing.
The Maryland Circuit Court attorneys at Lusk Law, LLC, are proud of the many ways we can help our clients navigate challenges and opportunities in their personal and professional lives. If you have a legal matter set for Circuit Court, don’t hesitate to contact our firm to schedule a meeting. We help our clients find solutions to their problems. We are advocates for life’s obstacles and opportunities. Call us today to get started.
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