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Common litigation deadlines for Maryland lawsuits and civil court cases

Description of Event or Task

Deadline
 

Time to File Suit
[Statute of Limitations]
 






3 years, but:
1 year for assault + defamation
Medical Malpractice = 5 years from the time of injury, or, 3 years from discovery of the injury, whichever is shorter.
Time for Demanding Jury Trial

In Circuit Court cases, must demand a jury trial in writing within 15 days of the "last pleading directed to the issue" (i.e., typically within 15 days after Answer to Complaint is due); in District Court cases, must demand a jury trial in writing within 10 days of the "last pleading directed to the issue" (i.e., typically within 10 days after Answer to Complaint is due).

 
Amending Complaints







Prior to 15 Days of Trial, just do it! Within 15 days of trial, need leave of court or opponent's written consent. Late amendments will be stricken if the delay prejudices the opposing party.
 
Ex Parte Injunctions



Good for 10 days vs. resident defendants; 35 days against non-resident defendants.
 
Summons

Must be served within 60 days of issuance.
 
Responding to Complaint
[by preliminary motion or Answer]


If Served:
* in Maryland = 30 days
* outside Md = 60 days
* outside US = 90 days
 
Answering Complaint
[if preliminary motion was filed]


Tolls time for answering until 15 days after preliminary motion decided [unless case dismissed, of course.]
 
Filing Counterclaims, Cross-Claims,
and Third Party Claims




in Answer, or, within 30 days of time for filing Answer. Late claims will be stricken if the delay prejudices the opposing party.
 
Notice to Take Deposition





serve at least 10 days before deposition, unless documents are requested in conjunction with the deposition; if they are, allow at least 30 days.
 
Time for Responding to Discovery
Requests [interrogatories, requests
for production of documents, requests
for admissions]

30 days from service of request, or, 15 days after defendant's initial pleading/motion is due [whichever is later]
 
Requesting "Order of Default"


as soon as time for responding to Complaint has expired
 
Requesting "Default Judgment"

30 days after notice of "Order of Default" was served on defendant
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