Attorney Resources

We want to support our volunteers!  Below you’ll find important attorney resources including policies, forms, sample documents and links to external resources.  We also offer free training for attorneys. Click here to see what’s on the training calendar.

Is something missing from the page?  Let us know by emailing Susan Francis.

Volunteer Handbook

Access the Volunteer Handbook to answer many commonly asked questions about being an MVLS Volunteer.

Case Update Forms

IF YOUR CASE IS CLOSED, COMPLETE THE CASE CLOSURE FORM (SEE BELOW), NOT THIS CASE UPDATE FORM.  By clicking on the link below, you may access the case update form. Please complete the general case update form for all cases types except LITC (tax). You can send the form directly to MVLS staff by clicking the “submit” button at the bottom of the form, or you may print the form and send it to the contact information listed at the end of the form.

Case Closure Forms

PLEASE ONLY USE THIS FORM IF YOUR CASE IS CLOSED.  IF YOUR CASE IS STILL OPEN, COMPLETE THE CASE UPDATE FORM (SEE ABOVE). By clicking on the links below, you may access the case closure form.  Please complete the general case closure form for all cases types except LITC (tax), judicare, foreclosure, IB4J, and Community Development Project.  You can send the form directly to MVLS staff by clicking the “submit” button at the bottom of the form, or you may print the form and send it to the contact information listed at the end of the form.

Update Volunteer Information

Changed your name?  Moved offices?  Switched jobs?  Complete our attorney update form so we can keep our files up to date.

Volunteer Packets

The links below contain packets of information for certain types of cases.

Litigation Fund Policy and Forms

Other Forms

Bankruptcy Attorney Resources:

Expungement Attorney Resources:

Below is a training video on a contested expungement hearing where the amount of marijuana is in dispute. Use your mouse to click and move around the scene.

Below is a training video on a good cause hearing for a client with a STET or PBJ less than 3 years old. Use your mouse to click and move around the scene.

 

Human Trafficking Prevention Program

Landlord-Tenant Attorney Resources:

Adult Guardianship Attorney Resources:

Maryland Courts offers self-help videos on numerous topics. Below is their three-part series that “will help you understand the responsibilities of adult guardianship.”

LITC Attorney Resources:

Virtual Reality Attorney Trainings:

In partnership with the Maryland Young Lawyers Section, we have created a number of typical courtroom hearings trainings. We filmed these trainings using a 360 degree camera allowing for the trainings to be viewed in virtual reality with nothing more than your phone and a cheap VR viewer like Google Carboard.

The video below is a training for an expungement hearing where the issues at hand is whether the amount of Marijuana was more or less than 10 grams. You can use your mouse to click and drag around the screen to see the whole courtroom.

All the videos can be viewed by clicking here.

Foreclosure Attorney Resources:

Out of State Attorneys:

Maryland Judiciary Case Search Data:

MVLS uses a web scraper called CLUE to scrape data from Maryland Judiciary Case Search. We have stripped defendant information from the information to preserve anonymity.  The data is spread between over multiple CSV files and is designed to be used in a relational database system like SQL. MVLS makes no claims as to the accuracy of the data as there can frequently be typos on Maryland Judiciary Case Search. You should always try to independently verify information or conclusions derived from this data set. Make sure you have a full understanding of how information is displayed on Maryland Judiciary Case Search before you rely on this data. Not all cases may be included in data set. For instance if the case had been expunged it would no longer appear on case search.If you find any errors please inform MVLS IT Director, Matthew Stubenberg.

By downloading or using the case data you agree to the Terms and Conditions on the Maryland Judiciary Case Search website located here. You are prohibited from using the data below for background checks.

Baltimore City Circuit Court Criminal Cases 2010-July of 2017:This data set contains criminal cases from Baltimore City Circuit Court from January 2010 – Mid July 2017. 

Baltimore City District Court Criminal Cases 2010 – July of 2017: This data set contains criminal cases from Baltimore City District Court from January 2010 – Mid July 2017. 

Other Resources:

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