Maryland Courts

E-filing

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.)

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 The prior exemptions for criminal and traffic submissions are withdrawn as of Monday, August 3, 2015.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.

(Information updated 07/29/15)

Attorneys: How to register to e-file in 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 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 efilinginfo@mdcourts.gov 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 efilinginfo@mdcourts.gov 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).

(Information updated 07/29/15)

How State agencies should register

State agencies should register as if the agency is a firm. More information available here.

Attorneys: How to view documents electronically in Anne Arundel County

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 efilinginfo@mdcourts.gov 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 efilinginfo@mdcourts.gov for processing.

Help and support

General questions: Email efilinginfo@mdcourts.gov
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

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.