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.
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.
e-file criminal and traffic cases in Anne Arundel
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 The prior exemptions for criminal and traffic submissions are withdrawn as of Monday, August 3, 2015.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.
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
- 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.