MDEC launched in Anne Arundel County on October 14. That date marked the beginning of mandatory e-filing for attorneys filing in Anne Arundel County (non-criminal pleadings). This includes the District and Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County as well as any appellate proceedings arising from an Anne Arundel County case on or after October 14, 2014. For additional information regarding appellate filings, please see the E-filing Information Alert regarding the application of MDEC in Court of Appeals and Court of Special Appeals. The courts have been accepting paper filings during the first four weeks of the rollout in Anne Arundel County.
The courts will accept paper filed through close of business on November 14 (mail needs to be postmarked 11/14/2014). After close of business on November 14, attorneys must file electronically or their filings will not be accepted.
(Information updated 11/13/14)
Anne Arundel County?
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 look it up here. [Note: If you are having problems accessing the link, read this.] Please note that this link can only be used to look up your CPF number. All other functions have been disabled. 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 form (.docx) 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. Designate a person to administer the e-filing system. The administrator will register the firm and be responsible for setting up and maintaining all users, credit card accounts, and attorneys at the firm. NOTE: The e-file administrator only needs to register and create an account one time to enable legal professionals in their firm to e-file and e-serve in any court where the service has been made available.
5. Register to e-file (Link goes to the Maryland Odyssey File and Serve site).
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 will be available in Anne Arundel County beginning in the fall of 2014. The county is the first jurisdiction that will 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.