Maryland’s electronic case management system has expanded to southern Maryland, meaning that attorneys in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties must file electronically their litigation documents in those counties’ courts, the state Judiciary announced this past week.
Attorneys must also electronically file appellate documents from cases that originated in those courts, the judiciary added.
This latest expansion of the Maryland Electronic Courts case management system, or MDEC, brings to 13 the number of counties requiring electronic filing. MDEC is already in use in Anne Arundel County and the Eastern Shore counties of Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico and Worcester.
The next scheduled expansion will be Oct. 16 to the western Maryland counties of Allegany, Frederick, Garrett and Washington, the Judiciary stated. The Judiciary, which launched MDEC in October 2014, added that its goal is to have the entire state using the electronic case management system by 2021.
“The Maryland Judiciary continues to make great progress in bringing electronic filing and case management to all Maryland state courts in order to improve services for the people of Maryland,” Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera said in a statement announcing the expansion to southern Maryland. “Implementation of MDEC statewide will allow the Judiciary to meet a key goal of its strategic plan: improving services for all who enter the court by modernizing systems and streamlining processes.”
More information about MDEC is available on the Judiciary’s website at www.mdcourts.gov/mdec/about.html.