What to Expect With MDEC
The Maryland Electronic Courts (MDEC) case management system is currently operational in Allegany, Anne Arundel, Calvert, Caroline, Cecil, Charles, Dorchester, Frederick, Garrett, Kent, Queen Anne's, Somerset, St. Mary's, Talbot, Washington, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties. Complete rollout is expected by the end of 2018.
The launch of MDEC in a county makes electronic filing mandatory for attorneys representing clients in civil and criminal cases in District Court, Circuit Court, and any appellate filings that are initiated in that county.
MDEC supplies the case data to the participating county via electronic court feeds. This information is imported into the Judicial/Dialog® database automatically. Thus, data entry is reduced, and your primary focus involves adding or modifying events, creating documents and collecting evidence files in the media tab, later used in Discovery. Initial data entry is completely done for you.
The merge feature in Judicial/Dialog® allows you to create all necessary court documents; save the documents to a network or cloud-based drive; and upload them onto the state website, completing the e-filing task. The e-filing function from within JD is currently under development and is projected to be completed by early 2018. It will be modeled after the success of our flagship integration in Polk County, IA.