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