The Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office is currently testing a new method for supplying discovery in the District Court. We are moving toward supplying discovery by electronic transfer.
We will be placing all discovery in an electronic file that will be loaded onto a secure server. Counsel who filed a discovery request will receive an email that contains a link to the discovery material. Defense counsel will have to create a user account and password which will both be permanent for any discovery for future cases. Counsel will be able to download discovery, print it or access it at any time through the internet. There is no charge to defense counsel.
Counsel must include their email address is on discovery requests or letterhead.
The State will have access to the delivery system to be able to prove to the Court, if necessary, when discovery was sent and when it was accessed by defense counsel.
We believe this system is permitted by Maryland Rules 4-262(b) and 4-263(b) (4). It will shorten the time in which discovery is provided and save the State postage fees and copy paper costs. We are testing the system now with some volunteer attorneys and hope to launch sometime in June.
If you would like to discuss this I will be happy to talk to you at your convenience.