Data paint a picture of patterns and trends, a way to visualize what is happening around you. The data we collect through our direct observations of Baltimore City Circuit Court bail hearings have typically not been collected by any agency.
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bail review hearings observed since April 24, 2020
updated through 9/30/2022
Baltimore City State’s Attorney
The State’s Attorney Office (SAO) prosecutes all cases charged in Baltimore City. They decide whether to pursue charges and also recommend where defendants should live until trial.
Baltimore City Circuit Court
The Circuit Court is the only court in Baltimore City that conducts jury trials. The Criminal Division (the one observed by Baltimore Courtwatch) presides over cases that include all felonies, misdemeanor cases where a jury trial has been requested, and appeals from District Court.