Due to heavy online traffic, the Attorney Information System (AIS) experienced temporary outages on the Maryland Courts website Thursday, causing headaches for lawyers attempting to pay their annual Client Protection Fund assessment, according to a spokeswoman for the Maryland Judiciary.
The site was up and running as of late Thursday afternoon but could still be slow for some users, said Nadine Maeser, public information officer for the Maryland Judiciary. On Thursday morning, the judiciary received multiple calls from lawyers saying they were having trouble logging in to pay their annual assessment, which is usually $130 for Maryland attorneys, Maeser said.
The deadline to submit the CPF assessment and to complete other court-mandated compliance requirements is Sept. 10. Maeser said a reminder email was sent to lawyers Thursday morning, which might have prompted a flood of attorneys to the website. More servers have been added to the site to help alleviate the problems, Maeser said.
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