What Is the Annotated Code of Maryland?


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The Annotated Code of Maryland is the official codification of all current statutory laws of the State of Maryland, according to Garrett County Government. The statutes are annotated with relevant information that is appended to the text of the law. These annotations include references to legal articles and discussions of the statute and its interpretations, appellate court decisions that reference the statute, and references to earlier versions of the statute.

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Published by The Michie Company as of 2015, the Annotated Code of Maryland is printed in two sets of volumes, as noted by Garrett County Government. The black volumes list statutes by number, and the red volumes list statutes by name.

The only remaining numbered volume is Article 2B Alcoholic Beverages, as the General Assembly of Maryland Department of Legislative Services explains. Legislation to enact the revised version of this article is set for introduction during the 2016 session.

Unannotated versions of the Code of Maryland are available online through the General Assembly, LexisNexis and Westlaw, according to Maryland Courts. The online versions contain the same statutes as the annotated print version without the supplemental reference material. Both versions of the code are regularly updated and considered the primary source of legal authority in Maryland courts.

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