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West's Annotated Code of MarylandMaryland RulesEffective: August 1, 2020

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Maryland Rules
Title 16. Court Administration
Chapter 900. Access to Judicial Records
Division 1. General Provisions
Effective: August 1, 2020
MD Rules, Rule 16-905
(a) Entitlement. Except as otherwise provided by the Rules in this Chapter or by other law, a person entitled to inspect a judicial record is entitled to have a copy or printout of the record. The copy or printout may be in paper form or, subject to Rules 16-917 and 16-918 and the Rules in Title 20, in electronic form. A judge's signature may be redacted or otherwise withheld on a copy.
(b) Certified Copy. To the extent practicable and unless the court determines otherwise for good cause, a certified copy of a judicial record filed with the clerk shall be made by any authorized clerk of the court in which the case was filed or to which it was transferred.
Committee note: The court may direct the custodian not to certify a copy of a case record upon a determination that the certified copy may be used for an improper purpose.
(c) Uncertified Copy. Copies or printouts in paper form that are obtained from a terminal or kiosk located in a courthouse are uncertified.
(d) Metadata.
(1) Definition.
(A) In this Rule, “metadata” means information generally not visible when an electronic document is printed that describes the history, tracking, or management of the electronic document, including information about data in the electronic document that describes how, when, or by whom the data was collected, created, accessed, or modified and how the data is formatted.
(B) Metadata does not include (i) a spreadsheet formula, (ii) a database field, (iii) an externally or internally linked file, or (iv) a reference to an external file or a hyperlink.
(2) Removal. A custodian may remove metadata from an electronic document before providing the electronic document to an applicant by using a software program or function or converting the electronic document into a different format.
(e) Conditions. The custodian may set a reasonable time schedule to make copies or printouts and may charge a reasonable fee for the copy or printout.
Source: This Rule is derived in part from former Rule 16-904 (2019) and in part from Code, General Provisions Article, § 4-205.


[Adopted June 29, 2020, eff. Aug. 1, 2020.]
MD Rules, Rule 16-905, MD R CTS J AND ATTYS Rule 16-905
Current with amendments received through May 15, 2022. Some sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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