Maryland Increases Civil Jury Trial Limit

gavel.jpgGovernor Martin O’Malley issued a proclamation today enacting the results of November’s Election on Constitutional Amendments, effectively increasing the amount in controversy necessary for a party to seek a jury trial.

At the Brassel, Alexander & Rice, our attorneys represent plaintiffs in personal injury cases, who have been injured by another party’s negligence in Annapolis, Baltimore and throughout the State of Maryland.

The Constitutional Amendment increases to $15,000 the amount that must be in controversy for a party to seek a jury trial in civil actions. Under the previous law, the limit was $10,000.

Keeping a case in district court is frequently beneficial to plaintiffs, since circuit court cases frequently require expenses such as expert witnesses and depositions. District Court discovery is less formal and is often handled in writing.

In a case where a Plaintiff has sustained an injury, but damages are not permanent or severe, it often makes sense for a Plaintiff to ask for damages consistent with the limits of the District Court’s jurisdiction.

If you’ve been injured in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, please contact the Brassel, Alexander & Rice for a free consultation.