UPDATE: As of October 14, 2014, electronic filing is mandatory for attorneys in Anne Arundel County. Here is the rule. In the online seminar, the court clerk said that all filings are electronic as of today, So, I think that if you have a case pending, all your pleadings must be e-filed from here. She also indicated there would be a 30 day grace period so maybe mandatory is a strong word. I think you are better off staying away from Google Chrome – my favorite – and sticking with use Internet Explorer or Firefox for your browser. Below is the original blog post I wrote on this back in July.
We have been hearing for some time about the Maryland Electronic Courts (MDEC) project that will eventually allow for electronic filings, allowing Maryland lawyers to get the same modern conveniences of electronic filing that we have enjoyed in federal court for quite some time. This type of integrated case management system — between circuit, district, and appellate courts – will really change the practice of law on an administrative level and will hopefully allow us to speed past some of the filing related bottlenecks we have in pushing cases forward.
No more paralegals and couriers jumping into their cars and racing to the courthouse to meet filing deadlines. We don’t do a ton of the “last minute rush” stuff here but it does happen occasionally. I have the courier bills to prove it which always annoy me to no end. Anne Arundel County somehow got picked to kickoff the e-filing program. Starting Monday, September 15,2014, lawyers can register for e-filing to get ready for the MDEC’s launch in Anne Arundel County. As of October 14, 2014, it is not going to be optional for lawyers.