The Maryland Electronic Courts (MDEC) project is a statewide case management system that will be used by all of the courts in the Maryland State court system (this includes courts at all levels). Over a five-year period, the project will be launched county by county. The project launches first in Anne Arundel County in October 2014. This means that, as of October 14, 2014, e-filing is MANDATORY for all attorneys filing in Anne Arundel County! Attorneys, you must register to e-file! A tutorial for registration is available.
Case flow management is the process by which cases move through the courts from start to finish, including pre-trial matters and post-disposition matters (e.g., monitoring, probation, restitution). The integrated MDEC project will allow all Maryland courts to store and access records electronically. As cases move through the Maryland court system, records will be instantly available from court to court. This will ultimately lead to a paper-on-demand system (i.e., hard, paper copies of records will be available by specific request only). MDEC will provide, among other things, 24-hour access, e-filing for litigants (i.e., documents will be filed/exchanged digitally rather than as paper files) and increased efficiency. This brochure is a great, quick-start guide.
The Maryland Courts Website is a great resource for your MDEC questions. The website also provides links to publications for review. Are you an attorney with questions about e-filing? Check out these FAQs posted on the Maryland Courts website. Attorneys with general questions may find these FAQs helpful. Are you a member of the public with questions? Check out these FAQs posted on the Maryland Courts website.