Q: Does the district court have jurisdiction to determine the validity of a life estate in an action for wrongful detainer?
Charles county Maryland District courts jurisdiction to decide whether the occupants alleged life estate is valid as a collateral matter in an eviction?
A: The District Courts of Maryland have exclusive jurisdiction over landlord/tenant matters and concurrent jurisdiction with the Circuit Courts for other civil matters up to $30,000.
Generally, the District Courts do not have jurisdiction to determine ownership in real property except as allowed under Courts & Judicial Proceedings article section 4-401.
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