Maryland’s electronic case filing system, known as Maryland Electronic Courts or MDEC, is expanding to Caroline, Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties starting July 18, according to the Maryland Judiciary.
E-filing will be mandatory for attorneys filing civil and criminal cases in district and circuit court in those counties, as well as for appellate court filings that originate there.
Maryland’s electronic filing system launched in October 2014 in Anne Arundel County.
“MDEC is modernizing the way we manage our court records,” said Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera in a news release. “This system is helping us eliminate our reliance on paper files, it’s improving the transfer of records as cases progress through the system, and it’s making our courts more accessible to our litigants.”