Latest Updates (Archive)
Yesterday, Sept. 4, an email was sent to all Maryland attorneys statewide that included important information and deadlines for attorneys preparing for e-filing. The email advised attorneys to create their attorney information for MDEC by Sept. 26. This deadline is important to note for all attorneys filing in Anne Arundel County because e-filing will be mandatory in Anne Arundel County when MDEC launches on Oct. 14. The creation of their attorney information will allow the Judiciary to link their Client Protection Fund/Maryland attorney number with their District Court and Circuit Court numbers, thus allowing them to have remote access to cases that have been filed in jurisdictions where MDEC has launched.
You may be getting a number of questions from attorneys about this email. You can inform yourself and help answer questions by reading the email here.
You can also direct attorneys to email their questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Anne Arundel County rollout of MDEC is scheduled for Oct. 14. This week, as Anne Arundel County continues to train and prepare for the implementation of e-filing, let’s take a look at how a new case management system has worked in another state.
This featured Nevada case study cites improvements in serving the citizens of Clark County, lessons learned through the implementation of the new Clark County customized version of the Odyssey case management system, and accounts from judges using the system.
Read the case study here.
Attorneys and law professionals across the state must get ready for the start of mandatory e-filing in Anne Arundel County. Starting this fall, any attorney who files a case in Anne Arundel County will be required to e-file. This includes attorneys from other jurisdictions who are filing in Anne Arundel County. Also important to note: Attorneys who e-file need to register to do so.
A new online tutorial is now available on the Judiciary’s website to help attorneys as they prepare for e-filing. The online tutorial has step-by-step instructions on how to register to e-file, how to find his/her attorney/Client Protection Fund number, and how to initiate a new case.Are you getting questions from attorneys and the public about e-filing?
The online tutorial may help you answer some of those questions. You can also direct people to the video at: www.mdcourts.gov/mdec/video/efilingtutorial.mp4
Whenever MDEC is mentioned, you also hear “Tyler Technologies.”
Did you know?
MDEC utilizes Tyler’s proven case management system solution, Odyssey, which is deployed in more than 500 counties in 20 states, serving more than 75 million residents.
Here is a little more information about the company that has created Odyssey, the case management system that MDEC relies on: www.mdcourts.gov/mdec/updates/20140808learningabouttylertechnologies.pdf
Monday, Aug. 4, marks the beginning of e-filing educational sessions lead by Tara Glover, MDEC e-filing project manager for the Judiciary. The first group to participate in the sessions is the Anne Arundel County Bar Association, which has invited the Judiciary to explain MDEC and e-filing for its members in August.
Handouts for the sessions have been created to help explain the benefits of e-filing and answer frequently asked questions.
Common questions include:
-How long after e-filing does electronic service take place?
-Will the courts still be able to reject filings?
-What is an EFSP?
-How will we safeguard and provide security measures for the system?
Find out the answers to these questions and more from the links below.
Read the FAQs here: http://mdcourts.gov/mdec/pdfs/mdecefilingattyfaqs.pdf
Learn more about e-filing from the new fact sheet here: http://mdcourts.gov/mdec/pdfs/efilingfactsheet.pdf
MDEC Walk-Through – Anne Arundel County District Court Weighs in
Walk-through sessions are helping clerks get hands-on experience with the MDEC system. This summer, clerks have been honing the skills they will use when MDEC launches in Anne Arundel County this fall.
In this video, Anne Arundel County District Court Civil Division Chief Sheryl Hines, Anne Arundel County District Court Civil Division Supervisor Shirley Anthony, and District Court Headquarters Operations Administrator Rose Day talk about getting ready for MDEC, why it’s important, and how they are coping with the changes a new system brings.
View the video here: www.mdcourts.gov/mdec/updates/20140725mdecwalkthroughhd.mp4
Read the transcript here: www.mdcourts.gov/mdec/updates/20140725mdecvideotranscript.pdf
MDEC Video: Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Walk-through Sessions
MDEC business process walk-through sessions have begun. These walk-through sessions allow clerks from Anne Arundel County Circuit and District courts to enter real cases into MDEC.
In the following video, we hear from Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Assistant Chief Deputy Clerk Lisa Preston, Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Trust Clerk Debbie Green and business analyst for JIS, Mahender Bhandari, as they explain why these walk-through sessions are critical for the upcoming implementation of the MDEC pilot launch.
View the video here: www.mdcourts.gov/mdec/updates/20140718mdecwalkthroughhd.mp4
Read the transcript here: www.mdcourts.gov/mdec/updates/20140718mdecvideotranscript.pdf
MDEC Milestones: E-filing Educational Sessions Happening Now
Attorneys and law professionals can now sign up for educational sessions to help them get ready for e-filing, the electronic filing of court cases, papers and documents. E-filing will be available in Anne Arundel County when the county becomes the first jurisdiction to launch MDEC.
“This is a great time for attorneys to become more familiar with MDEC and e-filing because, starting in mid-September, they will be able to register to e-file and thus be ready for Anne Arundel County’s launch of MDEC this fall,” said Tara Glover, MDEC e-filing project manager for the Judiciary. Tara is responsible for the scheduling of presentations to law firms and bar associations.
MDEC Article: MDEC Milestones: Walk-through Sessions Begin
The Maryland Electronic Courts (MDEC) initiative reached another significant milestone with the introduction of the MDEC system business process walk-through sessions.These new sessions mark the end of business process sprints and begin the hands on walk-through and validation activities. Learn more about the sessions.
(L to R) Karuna Biswas, Carolyn Fleary,
Marquita Spriggs, and Anoh Brou
MDEC Article: Testing the System
Before MDEC goes live in Anne Arundel County, testing of MDEC system components will be done by quality assurance teams at JIS in conjunction with end users. The teams will verify that all MDEC system components meet the functional and performance expectations of the Judiciary. Learn more about the testing.
MDEC Q&A: Greg Hilton, Clerk of the Court of Special Appeals
Like many of the people featured in prior weeks of MDEC News, Clerk of the Court of Special Appeals Greg Hilton has been involved with the MDEC project for years. Recently he sat down to answer some questions about how MDEC and the pilot implementation process will affect the Court of Special Appeals.Greg Hilton explains more here.
The Role for Retired Judges in MDEC
Judges recalled to the bench are uniquely positioned to take an active role in addressing some of the challenges courts will face as the Judiciary makes the transition from a paper to an electronic environment. Retired Judge Nancy B. Shuger explains more here.
New MDEC Video: Growing with MDEC
Anne Arundel County District Court Administrative Clerk Tami Chester has been deeply involved in the MDEC preparation and implementation process. In the following video, we hear from Tami Chester as she reflects on the changes MDEC will bring and how Anne Arundel County District Court is getting ready for these changes. Click on the image to watch the latest video. A transcript of the video is also available.
New MDEC Article: A Judge's Perspective: Judge Paul A. Hackner
Judge Hackner offers his unique perspective on the process. Click on the image to read the latest article.
New Video: Anne Arundel County Gets Ready to Launch Video (Teaser)
MDEC Video "Anne Arundel County Gets Ready to Launch Video (Teaser)" (mp4) 0:30
Judiciary employees and Maryland attorneys have been hearing about an integrated statewide case management system project for years. In the following podcast, we feature information from the MDEC Advisory Committee meeting on Monday April 14, and talk about the real history of the project, starting from the beginning, in 2009. Click on the image to listen to the following podcast.
- MDEC Podcast "An Historical Perspective" (mp4) duration 6:15
- Implementation Timeline (pdf)
- An Historical Perspective Podcast Transcript (pdf)
- An Historical Perspective Podcast Transcript (docx)
What is an MDEC sprint? Get a behind-the-scenes look as 20 MDEC pioneers from the front lines of Anne Arundel County District and Circuit Courts, District Court Headquarters and court-related agencies participated in an MDEC business process sprint, which focused on how cases transfer from the District Court to the Circuit Court using the new electronic case management system. Click on the image to watch the latest video.
MDEC will be rolled out county-by-county starting in the fall of 2014. It will take approximately five years to complete. See more frequently asked questions (FAQs).
Anne Arundel County is first in line and is getting ready for the pilot roll-out.
An interview with District Court Chief Judge Ben C. Clyburn about MDEC and Court Technologies
Chief Judge Ben C. Clyburn of the District Court of Maryland has been a leader in developing and preparing to launch Maryland Electronic Courts (MDEC). He has served as the chair of the MDEC Advisory Committee since it was created in 2009, and has been a dynamic advocate for the new system. He and Joan Nairn, MDEC Project Manager, have made more than 85 presentations to law enforcement agencies, bar associations, legislators, and other stakeholders to prepare them for MDEC and how it will change the way they interact with the courts. As he prepares to retire May 31, 2014, Chief Judge Clyburn shares his unique insights on MDEC and the future of the courts.
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