Maryland judicial elections

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Judges in Maryland participate in retention elections or non-partisan elections,[1] depending on the level of court. Judicial elections are only held in even-numbered years.

Primary election

Circuit and orphans' court judges compete in a partisan primary.

  • If a Circuit Court candidate wins the Democratic or Republican primary, she or he runs unopposed in the non-partisan general election. However, candidates may cross-file with both parties.[2]

General election

Appellate judges stand for retention in the general election. Trial court judge candidates who advanced from the partisan primary run in the general election without party affiliation.[3]

Court of Appeals Circuit Court Orphans' Court
Retention election - 10 year terms Non-partisan election of judges[1] - 15 year terms Non-partisan election of judges[1] - 4 year terms


Appellate and Circuit Court results are posted on the Maryland Board of Elections website. Orphans' Courts results can be found on the county election websites.



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