All attorneys filing cases in Baltimore County must use the Maryland Electronic Courts (MDEC) e-filing system. Self-represented litigants are permitted to file electronically, but do not have to if they do not want to.
There are two parts to e-filing:
These require two separate registrations that may use the same login information. A self-represented litigant is permitted to register for viewing only, but may still file by paper in person or by postal mail. Attorneys must file electronically.
Registration is on a case-by-case basis, so if self-represented litigants have multiple cases they wish to view electronically, they must register to view each case individually.
Register for Portal Access
- Go to the MDEC Portal page.
- Click the Registration/Sign In icon in the top right corner and select registration.
- Fill out the fields on the registration screen.
- Passwords must be at least eight characters with one lowercase character, one special character, one uppercase character and one number.
- Click Next.
- You will receive an email with a link to verify your email address. Click the link, and then click Finish.
Complete the Party Access to MDEC Cases Application
- Download and complete the application. The form must have:
- Original signature
- Notary seal
- The completed form must then be submitted to the court clerk in person or via postal mail.
The Clerk's address is:
Baltimore County Circuit Court Clerk
401 Bosley Avenue
Towson, Maryland 21204
- If your application is approved, you will be sent an email and can immediately begin accessing the documents remotely.
- If your application is denied (because you are not a party to the case), the application will be returned to you. To appeal a denied application, you may file a motion in the case to which you were seeking remote access.
Self-represented litigants may file in person and by postal mail as well as electronically. However, if you register to file electronically, you must:
- Electronically file all future documents
- Electronically file all future cases
- Receive all court notices by email
You must also comply with the Policies and Procedures.
Register to e-File
- Go to the File and Serve homepage.
- Click Register in the Actions box.
- Complete the Registration form.
- Passwords must be:
- At least eight characters with
- One lowercase character,
- One uppercase character, and
- One number or symbol.
- On the next screen, select the circle in the Register for a Self-Represented Account box.
- When prompted select Continue as Pro Se.
- Enter your contact information and click Next.
- Read the Registration Terms and Conditions statement before clicking the "I Agree" button.
- You will see a confirmation page.
- You will receive an email verification.
- Open your email and open the File and Serve New User Activation message.
- Click on the Activate Account link.
- You should see a Tyler Technologies notice confirming that your account has been activated.
- Return to the File and Serve homepage and click "Sign In" to verify your new account works.
Help Available at the Law Library
The Law Library offers:
- Access to the File and Serve and MDEC Portal websites
- The ability to file documents for every Maryland jurisdiction using MDEC
- Assistance registering for and using Odyssey File and Serve
- Document Scanners
- Access to all publicly available electronic court documents
It is highly recommended that parties wishing to scan documents bring a USB flash drive.
Note to out-of-state Attorneys: Baltimore City is a separate legal jurisdiction from Baltimore County.
Guides and FAQs
Attorney Tip Sheet and helpful information specific to Baltimore County.
The following guides are available from the Maryland Judiciary.
- Technical Assistance
- E-filing FAQs for the Public
- E-filing for Attorneys
- E-filing FAQs for Attorneys
- More Attorney FAQs
- E-filing for State Agencies
- E-filing and Landlords and/or Tenants
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