New lawsuits against the state, agencies and officials can be served on the Maryland Office of the Attorney General by email, the office announced Thursday.
The policy applies to complaints against Maryland, state agencies and state officers acting in their official capacity, according to a news release. Attorneys are usually served in person or by mail at their business address.
The announcement is part of the office’s preparation efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and is in effect immediately and until further notice.
“In the event that (attorneys) throughout the offices have to telework, we want to make sure they’re still able to receive service,” spokeswoman Raquel Coombs said Thursday.
Parties can email a complaint and writ of summons or a subpoena to the civil division of the office at firstname.lastname@example.org. The office will confirm receipt.
Parties filing suit against individual employees or officers can request to serve them by email, which the Attorney General’s Office can accept on the individual’s behalf with permission, according to the release.
“Our goal is to continue to provide representation to all of our clients,” Coombs said.