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.)
Rule 20-106(b) sets out the circumstances in which a person required to file electronically may be excused from doing so. The prior exemptions for criminal and traffic submissions are withdrawn as of Monday, August 3, 2015.
NOTE: Nonpayment of rent cases are exempt from electronic filing until further notice. For more information, see the alert.
Appellate Filings: See the Notice Regarding the Application of MDEC in Court of Appeals and Court of Special Appeals.
- E-filing Brochure
- MDEC Policies and Procedures Manual
- E-filing Attorney FAQs
- E-filing Attorney Codes
- E-filing System Requirements
- Compatibility Chart
- Serving the State's Attorney Office
- Add Yourself as a Service Contact
- Rules pertaining to electronic filing and case management
- E-filing in the Court of Special Appeals
- MDEC Rules - Overview
- Notice As Required By Rule 20-106(D)(5) Regarding Processing Paper Submissions And Destruction Of Paper Submissions After Scanning
- Bar Presentation
1.To register for e-filing, you must use your Client Protection Fund (CPF) number. If you do not know your CPF number, you can find it in the Client Protection Fund’s attorney listing online at http://mdcourts.gov/cpf/attylist.html. Your CPF number is included in your listing. If you are unable to locate your CPF number, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Maryland Judiciary’s IT Help Desk at 410-260-1114. Once you know your CPF number, you can register and e-file documents with the court, but to have full remote, online access to the cases you are representing, you must complete this CPF form and send it to email@example.com for processing.
2. Review the statewide MDEC Policies and Procedures Manual and the user guides (located on the Maryland Odyssey File and Serve site) for an overview of the processes, technical requirements and preparations for e-filing.
3. Sign up and attend a webinar session and/or watch tutorial videos (links are on the Maryland Odyssey File and Serve site).
4. Please designate a person to administer the e-filing system for your firm. The administrator will register the firm and be responsible for setting up and maintaining all users, credit card accounts, attorneys at the firm. NOTE: The e-file administrator only needs to register and create an account one time to enable all legal professionals in that firm to e-file and e-serve in any court where the service has been made available.
5. Register to e-file (Maryland Odyssey File and Serve site).
State agencies should register as if the agency is a firm. More information available here.
1. All users of the portal must be registered and associated with specific cases in the MDEC system.
2. To view your cases and documents electronically, you must register on the MDEC secure portal with the same email address used on the e-filing system.
3. To register, you must use your Client Protection Fund (CPF) number. If you do not know your CPF number, you can find it in the Client Protection Fund’s attorney listing online at http://mdcourts.gov/cpf/attylist.html. Your CPF number is included in your listing. If you are unable to locate your CPF number, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Maryland Judiciary’s IT Help Desk at 410-260-1114. Once you know your CPF number, you can register and e-file documents with the court, but to have full remote, online access to the cases you are representing, you must complete this CPF form and send it to email@example.com for processing.
General questions: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
E-filing questions and technical issues: Go to Tyler Technologies Support on the Maryland Odyssey File and Serve site or call the Maryland Judiciary's IT Help Desk at 410-260-1114.
Learn more: Webinars, videos, system requirements
- Webinars: Register to take part in training webinars hosted by the Maryland Judiciary
- Tutorials: Watch tutorial videos about e-filing
NOTE: The above links go to the Maryland Odyssey File and Serve site (hosted by Tyler Technologies).
- Watch the Judiciary's e-filing tutorial
- System requirements for e-filing
Timeline for e-filing
E-filing is available in Anne Arundel County. The county is the first jurisdiction to launch Maryland Electronic Courts (MDEC), the Judiciary’s electronic case management system. Statewide rollout of MDEC will take place over the next several years. E-filing for attorneys will become mandatory county by county as the conversion to the new MDEC system proceeds. The MDEC project is creating a single Judiciary-wide integrated case management system that will be used by all the courts in the state court system. Courts will collect, store, and process records electronically, and will be able to instantly access complete records as cases travel from District Court to Circuit Court and on to the appellate courts.