Halethorpe, MD asked in Gov & Administrative Law for Maryland

Q: Can the state clerk of courts refuse to file your documents

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Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
  • Rockville, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: Yes, for various reasons, typically having to do with procedural filing requirements (e.g., paying any required filing fees; meeting the signature requirement --pleadings and motions must be signed by the party filing them; bearing a certificate of service separately dated and signed--each paper filed in the case must bear signed certification that it was served/mailed to each other party in the case listed by name and address and date served/mailed; motions or requests for relief are required to be accompanied by a proposed order for the judge to sign awarding the requested relief, in proper form; etc.). I imagine the clerk gave a reason for why your paper was rejected. You chose not to share that reason in your post, or what it is you are trying to file, or what the case is about. It is impossible to provide further explanation without adequate facts and context.

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