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Electronic filing begins Oct. 25 for Montgomery County courts

Montgomery County lawyers will begin filing their cases and appeals electronically beginning Oct. 25, the Maryland Judiciary stated this month.

The county’s long-delayed launch of the Maryland Electronic Courts system will make Prince George’s County and the City of Baltimore the only jurisdictions in the state yet to be plugged into MDEC. The Judiciary has not yet set dates for MDEC implementation in Prince George’s and the city.

Montgomery County will be the first jurisdiction to join MDEC since Baltimore County’s launch in February 2019.

At that time, the Judiciary expected Montgomery to launch in November 2019. But that timetable was changed to October 2020, due to what the Judiciary said was “additional programming and testing required for the new differential case management system protocols” designed for Montgomery County and other larger jurisdictions.

The October 2020 deadline was also missed and extended “not only due to the challenges with implementation during the COVID-19 pandemic, but Montgomery County (implementation) required extensive programming changes because of the sophistication of their current case management system,” the Judiciary stated this week.

Electronic filing began as a pilot program in Anne Arundel County in October 2014. As of now, MDEC is operational in Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Dorchester, Frederick, Garrett, Harford, Howard, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, St. Mary’s, Talbot, Washington, Wicomico and Worcester counties.

More information about MDEC is available on the Judiciary’s website at https://www.mdcourts.gov/mdec/about.