E-filing for Attorneys:
October 2015: Maryland Electronic Courts (MDEC) is Expanding to the Eastern Shore
Effective February 16, 2016, e-filing will be mandatory for all attorneys who file cases in the District and Circuit courts in Caroline, Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties, as well as appellate filings that commence in those counties. In order to utilize e-filing and other new system features, attorneys will need basic training on how to access the system and how to file their documents electronically. See more about MDEC and e-filing on this site.
September 28, 2015: Notice as Required by Rule 20-106(d)(5) Regarding Processing Paper Submissions and Destruction of Paper Submissions After Scanning
Rule 20-106(d)(5) provides that the State Court Administrator must notify the public regarding destruction of paper filings that have been scanned into the MDEC system. See Notice.
Monday, August 3, 2015: Attorneys now must e-file criminal and traffic cases in Anne Arundel County
Effective Monday, August 3, 2015, mandatory e-filing for criminal and traffic pleadings began for all attorneys in Maryland who are filing in Anne Arundel County. This includes District Court, Circuit Court, and appellate filings at the Court of Special Appeals and the Court of Appeals that originated in Anne Arundel County. These courts no longer will accept paper filings from attorneys in Anne Arundel County cases. (Mandatory e-filing by attorneys in non-criminal pleadings in Anne Arundel County has been in effect since October 14, 2014.)
NOTE: Nonpayment of rent cases are exempt from electronic filing until further notice. For more information, see the alert.
To help attorneys and their support staff get ready, the Maryland Judiciary hosted criminal e-filing preview sessions the first week of June 2015. Topics included the e-filing portal, the new MDEC secure portal, victim and witness entry application, and the secure Case Search functionalities. Approximately 280 attorneys and support staff from the Office of the State’s Attorney, Office of the Public Defender and private firms took part in the event. To help you prepare, the Judiciary offers webinars and tutorials on e-filing.