Maryland Courts

Court Officials Consider Enhanced Operational Features for Maryland Electronic Courts Initiative

The Court Business Office hosted several functional requirements sessions this spring with court clerks, commissioners, judges and others to establish the functionality for the Maryland Electronic Courts (MDEC) future case management system.

With nearly 100 attendees each day at the sessions held from March 23 through April 15, these discussions marked an important milestone in the MDEC project. The requirements discussed will form the foundation for how the Judiciary will outline vendor expectations for case management functions and how vendor solutions will be evaluated.

The sessions offered a unique opportunity for Judiciary staff, from both the District Court and the circuit courts, to convene for detailed discussions surrounding system operations and shared concerns in their work processes. Attendees received an overview of the MDEC project, the vision and a status report on the work completed to date. Participants also discussed functional requirements in a number of business areas designated by the National Center for State Courts Functional Standards volumes. These standards guided the group in its discussions surrounding: case initiation, docketing, scheduling, document generation, electronic case filing (e-filing), case closing, reporting and security. Final recommendations will be included in the Judiciary’s request for proposals.

The Court Business Office (CBO) acts in an advisory capacity to the State Court Administrator, serving to align court business processes with current and proposed information technology initiatives.

The Office works to establish and maintain a framework in which business processes are established and improved with consistency and with strategic focus. The Office also develops recommendations pertaining to information technology solutions in support of court business processes.