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E-Filing in Maryland

Maryland Electronic Courts (“MDEC”) is Maryland’s E-filing system for District Courts, Circuit Courts and Appellate Courts in the state.  E-filing allows attorneys or self-represented litigants to submit pleadings to a state court through the internet.  E-filing also allows attorneys or self-represented litigants to serve an opposing party through the internet.  The idea behind MDEC is that it will be used as an integrated case management system by all of the state courts in Maryland.  

The following counties in Maryland have launched MDEC: Allegany, Garrett, Frederick, Washington, Anne Arundel, Calvert, Caroline, Cecil, Charles, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, St. Mary’s, Talbot, Wicomico, and Worcester. 

When MDEC is launched in a county, attorneys are required to file pleadings electronically in civil and criminal cases in District Court, Circuit Court, and any appellate proceedings.  Self-represented litigants have the option to file pleadings electronically or to file paper pleadings at the court.  If a self-represented litigant files a paper pleading at the court, the court will immediately scan and maintain the pleading electronically.

The Judiciary’s goal is to implement MDEC in all state courts in Maryland by 2021.

By: Christina P. DeVault

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