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District of Maryland Set to Roll Out Ground-Breaking Electronic Case Filing System

Wednesday, February 26, 2003

The United States District Court for the District of Maryland is pleased to announce the implementation of electronic filing for case-related court documents, making Maryland one of the first federal courts to implement the system.

Scheduled to launch on March 3, 2003, the much-welcomed and anticipated system enables attorneys to submit documents electronically to the U.S. District Court over the Internet. The system allows 24- hour access to file documents over the Internet, provides automatic email notice of case activity, affords the ability to download and print documents directly from the court, and allows concurrent users (multiple parties, judges and court employees) access to the case files.

Effective March 3, 2003, all civil cases, with limited exceptions, will be subject to the electronic filing requirements and procedures unless the presiding judge orders otherwise. Civil cases that have been exempted from the electronic filing requirements at this time include social security appeals, post conviction/habeas corpus matters, cases sealed in their entirety and cases involving pro se plaintiffs.