Any legal case can be draining, but if a judge ruled against you after considerable time, stress, and expense, it can be especially difficult. If you believe your Maryland judge is wrong in your case, don’t give up hope! Maryland law provides you with at least four different options that may help you obtain a more favorable outcome.
What Are Your Options When Your Maryland Judge Is Wrong in Montgomery County, Maryland and Prince George’s County, Maryland?
When a Maryland judge is wrong, or rules in a manner that may not be consistent with the law or evidence in your case, state law allows several courses of civil action a party can take, including filing any of the following:
- Motion to Amend or Alter
- En Banc Review
- Motion for New Trial
While no outcome can ever be guaranteed, using one of these legal actions can give you another opportunity to have the ruling or determination in your case amended, altered, reviewed, vacated, or even reversed. As the filing of each motion takes significant legal expertise and familiarity with court proceedings, an experienced Maryland family lawyer can help you decide which option is appropriate and can help guide you through the next phase of your civil proceedings.
Filing a Motion to Amend or Alter in Montgomery County, Maryland and Prince George’s County, Maryland
Sometimes, an individual may feel that the judge made a substantive error—either an error of law or an error of fact—when making their ruling. In these cases, the law allows a party to file a motion to alter or amend a judgment within 10 days after the entry of the judgment.
Filing an En Banc Review in Prince George’s County, Maryland and Montgomery County, Maryland
When a party feels that a Maryland judge is wrong at the circuit court level, regarding a family law matter such as divorce grounds, alimony award, property distribution, custody, or protective order, typically the appeal would be to the Court of Special Appeals. However, a less frequently used alternative may be requesting an en banc review, which is available in cases where less than three circuit judges participated in the ruling. An en banc review means “from the bench” and gives the party a chance to have three circuit judges review the prior decision.
Filing a Motion for a New Trial Montgomery County, Maryland and Prince George’s County, Maryland
If the judge made a significant legal error in his or her ruling, or there was insufficient evident to support the decision in a case, a motion for a new trial requests that the judge vacate the judgment and order a new trial.
Filing for an Appeal in Prince George’s County, Maryland and Montgomery County, Maryland
Finally, a party who disagrees with a judge’s order, an appeal can be made to an appellate court for review, such as to the Court of Special Appeals. The Court of Special Appeals will review a submitted brief and the court record for errors in law an discretion; if the Court finds that errors occurred and contributed to the trial court’s decision, the appellate court has the authority to reverse the decision and remand the matter to the Circuit Court for further proceedings.
If Your Maryland Judge is Wrong and You Need Additional Review of Your Matter Contact the Law Office of LaSheena M. Williams, LLC Today to Discuss Your Options Legal help for when a Maryland judge is wrong
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