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Katherine Kelly Howard, general counsel at Baltimore-based Regional Management Inc., voiced concern that the proposed surcharge increase in Senate Bill 64 would not be the last as e-filing expands statewide. (File photo)
Katherine Kelly Howard, general counsel at Baltimore-based Regional Management Inc., voiced concern that the proposed surcharge increase in Senate Bill 64 would not be the last as e-filing expands statewide. (File photo)

MDEC filing-fee surcharge draws fire

Legal Aid, property owners fight increase at committee hearing

Maryland’s top judge lobbied legislators Thursday to impose a 20 to 25 percent surcharge on filing fees for civil cases, raising the cost by as much as $30.

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