In early 2007, Anne Arundel County Circuit Court will give lawyers a trial shot at electronic filing. The two-year pilot project will start with only civil non-family cases but will expand to cover all cases. Participation in the e-filing pilot is mandatory. Lawyers taking part will have a choice of either subscribing to a LexisNexis’ fee-based e-filling service or using a public access terminal at the court clerk’s office. The Court of Appeals has approved the plan and hopes it can serve as a model for the rest of the state.
One thing of note for lawyers that are not computer literate: You may not allow someone in the lawyer’s office (such as a paralegal) to use the lawyer’s login name and password to file documents in the e-filing system.
I do not know where I stand on e-filing. I struggled with it when the U.S. District Court of Maryland went to e-filing because I used my AOL account instead of my Miller & Zois email. AOL viewed the District Court email as spam. No harm, no foul, but it scared me half to death when I found filings in my spam folder. But I see e-filing as the future.
2019 Update: Time moves on. E-filing has not caught on everywhere but 83% of Maryland uses e-filing now: Allegany, Anne Arundel, Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Dorchester, Frederick, Garrett, Harford, Howard, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, St. Mary’s, Talbot, Washington, Wicomico, and Worcester counties.