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Judiciary: 10% of active attorneys still not registered with mandatory database

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More than 4,000 active Maryland attorneys are not registered for the mandatory Attorney Information System database ahead of the June 1 deadline, according to the Maryland Judiciary.

Of the nearly 40,000 active attorneys in the state, 4,171 have not registered as of Friday morning, according to a spokeswoman for the judiciary.

Changes to the Maryland Rules took effect Jan. 1 to consolidate pro bono and trust account reporting as well as Client Protection Fund payments into a “single compliance cycle,” according to a news release from the judiciary.

The AIS is a comprehensive database maintained by court agencies and allows attorneys to fulfill the reporting and assessment requirements and the rule change included a requirement that all active attorneys — including judges and law clerks — register with the system by June 1. Registration is required to maintain the license to practice law in the state.

Beginning in July, attorneys will receive an email notifying them to complete their annual reports and assessment.

A rule change adopted this week by the Court of Appeals exempts inactive and retired attorneys from registration.

Attorneys can visit https://mdcourts.gov/lawyers/ais for more information.

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