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December 5, 6, 7, 8, 2016: E-Filing Registration Fair for Lower Eastern Shore Counties

The Maryland Electronic Courts (MDEC) case management system will expand to the Lower Eastern Shore on December 12. The MDEC launch will mean the start of mandatory e-filing for attorneys filing cases in the District Court and the Circuit Courts in Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties, as well as appellate filings that commence in those counties.

In order to begin e-filing, you must register with the MDEC system. See more. Please note that if you are already registered to efile you do not need to register again.

July 18, 2016: MDEC Arrives on the Upper Eastern Shore
Maryland Electronic Courts (MDEC) has expanded to the Upper Eastern Shore. The automated case management system provides an efficient and cost-effective way to receive filings while improving the management of records. Attorneys have been filing electronically, or “e-filing,” since October 2014, when MDEC launched in Anne Arundel County. Now, mandatory e-filing also is in effect for attorneys filing in Caroline, Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot counties, as well as appellate filings that commence in those counties.  This applies to all attorneys in Maryland who practice in the aforementioned counties. MDEC also provides attorneys with easy and inexpensive access to court filings.

This completes another phase of the statewide electronic courts rollout. The courts listed above will no longer accept paper filings from attorneys. However, Rule 20-106(b) sets out the circumstances in which a person required to file electronically may be excused from doing so.  

March 29, 2016: MDEC Comes to the Upper Eastern Shore on July 18
MDEC will expand to the Upper Eastern Shore on July 18, which will mean the start of mandatory e-filing for attorneys filing cases in Caroline, Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot counties, as well as appellate filings that commence in those counties. Read more.

March 2016: MDEC Gets a Facelift
Starting April 4, registered attorneys using the Maryland Electronic Courts (MDEC) e-filing feature will see an entirely new look for the software interface. The facelift allows MDEC to transition to an upgraded Odyssey File and Serve feature known as the H5. H5 works seamlessly on all mobile devices (Android or Apple) and supports all browsers — Internet Explorer 10 and 11, Firefox, Chrome and Safari. Read more.

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.

Help and support

General questions: Contact Maryland Judicial Informations Systems (JIS) Service Desk or call the Service Desk at 410-260-1114.
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.

(Information updated 08/17/16)