Q: I lost a case in Maryland District Court, how long do I have to file an appeal for De Novo hearing in circuit court?
I want to file for an appeal of civil case I lost in the District Court in Maryland. I would like to please know how many days do I have before filling for an appeal to get a De Novo hearing in the circuit court?
A: You have 30 days to file an appeal in a civil case to the Circuit Court. The only appeals that result in a de novo trial are small claims proceedings (claims filed requesting $5,000 or less in District Court), or petitions for peace orders, or domestic violence petitions. Civil claims seeking more than $5,000 in damages in District Court are classified as large claims, and those appeals are limited to “on the record” appeals, meaning you do not get a new trial, may not testify or submit new evidence, and can only prevail if you identify specific legal errors the District Court Judge made in trying or ruling on the case, and you must order, pay for and file the transcript of the District Court trial and point out the specific location in the transcript where each legal error was made, setting forth in a memorandum your issues on appeal, and the legal arguments and citations to law that support your appeal.
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