This page accesses the Code of Public General Laws (Statutes)
of Maryland and the Charters of the Municipal Corporations of Maryland
as compiled and maintained by the Department of Legislative Services.
The Code is arranged by and organized into “Articles”
(e.g. Transportation Article), which are further subdivided into “titles”, “subtitles”, “sections”,
“subsections”, “paragraphs”, subparagraphs”, etc.
Note that the “official” compilation of the laws (Chapters) enacted at each
session of the General Assembly is published by the State as the “Laws of Maryland”,
commonly referred to as the “Session Laws”. The Session Laws for each session are compiled
chronologically by chapter number and serve as the source law from which the statutes
accessed here are derived.
While the “Laws of Maryland” (Session Laws) constitute the official laws of the State, this Code
and the annotated versions noted below are accepted as “evidence” of the law in all State courts
and by all public offices and officials (See § 10-201 of the Courts & Judicial
Proceedings Article). However, in the event of a conflict between the Code and the Session Laws,
the Session Laws prevail.
Note: Annotated versions of the Code, published by LexisNexis and West, are available
in book and online formats. These Annotated Codes include references to case law, related
citations, and explanatory notations.
The Municipal Charters are updated each year by incorporating all charter resolutions
received by the Department through May 31 of that year.