What is MDEC?
E-filing for Attorneys:
The Maryland Electronic Courts (MDEC) project will create a single Judiciary-wide integrated case management system that will be used by all the courts in the state court system. Courts will collect, store, and process records electronically, and will be able to instantly access complete records as cases travel from District Court to Circuit Court and on to the appellate courts. Read more.
Latest updatesMDEC: What's the latest? The Maryland Electronic Courts (MDEC) initiative is coming. But like an endurance run, its implementation requires countless hours of training and preparation, perseverance and commitment. Every day, individuals across the Judiciary are working to make MDEC a reality. As we move toward the launch this fall in Anne Arundel County, you can stay up to date with MDEC News. Each week, MDEC News will bring you timely updates, interviews with project leaders, Q&As and more.
Featured this week - November 14, 2014
Lessons and Life After the Launch:
A Q&A with MDEC Leaders and Users
MDEC launched in Anne Arundel County on October 14. That date marked the beginning of mandatory e-filing for attorneys filing in Anne Arundel County (non-criminal pleadings). This includes the District and Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County as well as any appellate proceedings arising from an Anne Arundel County case on or after October 14, 2014. The courts accepted paper filings during the first four weeks of the rollout in Anne Arundel County. However, after close of business on November 14, attorneys must file electronically or their filings will not be accepted.
As this transition period comes to a close, we asked Anne Arundel County judges and leaders active with the implementation of MDEC to reflect on the launch and how they are working to make the case management system better for the rollout of MDEC in the next jurisdiction. We also asked local attorneys now using the case management and e-filing system how it is working on their end.
The responses in this Q&A are from: Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Administrative Judge Paul A. Hackner; Robert Duckworth, Clerk of the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County; Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Administrator Doug Hofstedt; Anne Arundel County District Court Administrative Clerk Tamera Chester; Joan Nairn, MDEC Project Manager; Carla Jones, Manager of Court Operations; and attorneys Susan Stobbart Shapiro, a director of Council, Baradel, Kosmerl & Nolan, P.A., and Jonathan P. Kagan, a partner with Baldwin, Kagan & Gormley, LLC.