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E-Business in the Illinois Judiciary - Appellate Court


STATEWIDE E-FILING

On January 22, 2016, the Illinois Supreme Court filed Order M.R. 18368 which announced mandatory electronic filing (e-filing) in civil cases for the Illinois Supreme, Appellate and Circuit Courts and set out a timetable for implementation. E-filing will become mandatory for civil cases in the Supreme Court and all districts of the Appellate Court effective July 1, 2017. Once mandatory, the e-filing of civil cases will occur through a centralized Electronic Filing Manager (EFM) authorized by the Supreme Court, which will be integrated with the case management systems of the five Appellate Courts.

Read the Court's Press Release

 

ELECTRONIC TRANSFER OF RECORD ON APPEAL

Consistent with Supreme Court Order M.R. 18368, effective July 1, 2017, all trial court records on appeal will be transmitted using the EFM service to the respective reviewing court. Under the existing pilot projects operating in four districts of the Appellate Court, the official paper court record, pursuant to Supreme Court rules, remains with the Appellate Court Clerk and can be accessed from the Clerk, but a mirror record will be produced electronically with identical pagination. Attorneys who file appearances in the case will receive a password providing access to the record, as well as all the justices in the Appellate Districts operating the pilots and the parties to the appeal. The parties, attorneys for a party, approved court personnel and justices of the Appellate Districts will have the ability to search, bookmark and make notes on their individual copies of the electronic record. Any markings or notations made by a user on the electronic record are secure and are unique to that user's copy. No user will be able to view or access another user's copy. The Appellate District Clerk will retain an unmodified copy of the electronic record at all times. The electronic record is in a format that supports searchable text, both word and phrase. Once a mandate issues in an appellate case from the counties operating under these pilots, access to the electronic record will be terminated.

The four districts operating e-transfer of appellate record pilots are shown below:

 

Second District Appellate Court - Elgin, Illinois

The Second District Appellate Court has been authorized and is currently operating an electronic transfer of record on appeal pilot that allows the record on appeal for cases originating in 13 counties, Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, DuPage, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kendall, Lake, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, and Winnebago, to be transferred electronically to the Second District Appellate Court. Attorneys, parties and the Appellate justices can electronically view, access and work from a mirror copy of the official record on appeal.

 

 

Third District Appellate Court - Ottawa, Illinois

The Third District Appellate Court has been authorized and is currently operating an electronic transfer of record on appeal pilot that allows the record on appeal for cases originating in 2 counties, Rock Island and Wil, to be transferred electronically to the Third District Appellate Court. Attorneys, parties and the Appellate justices can electronically view, access and work from a mirror copy of the official record on appeal.

 

 

Fourth District Appellate Court - Springfield, Illinois

The Fourth District Appellate Court has been authorized and is currently operating an electronic transfer of record on appeal pilot that allows the record on appeal for cases originating in 3 counties, Adams, Logan, and Moultrie, to be transferred electronically to the Fourth District Appellate Court. Attorneys, parties, and the Appellate justices can electronically view, access, and work from a mirror copy of the official record on appeal.

 

 

Fifth District Appellate Court - Mt. Vernon, Illinois

The Fifth District Appellate Court has been authorized and is currently operating an electronic transfer of record on appeal pilot that allows the record on appeal for cases originating in 1 county, Clinton, to be transferred eletronically to the Fifth District Appellate Court. Attorneys, parties, and the Appellate justices can electronically view, access, and work from a mirror copy of the official record on appeal.