Winnebago County Circuit Court was approved to implement an electronic filing program for civil case types on February 9, 2015.
Electronic Guilty Pleas
Winnebago County has submitted a request to the Administrative Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts to implement the acceptance of electronic pleas of guilty. This request is currently pending.
Electronic Transfer of Record on Appeal to Second District Appellate Court
On April 25, 2014, the Illinois Supreme Court filed M.R. 18368, which authorized the continued electronic transfer of the record on appeal from 12 counties to the Second District Appellate Court, on a pilot basis pursuant to the amended "Policy for Implementation of the Electronic Transfer of the Record on Appeal Originating in the Circuit Courts of Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, DuPage, Jo Daviess, Kendall, Lake, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, and Winnebago Counties to the Appellate Court, Second District."
On October 1, 2012, the Illinois Supreme Court filed M.R. 18368, which expanded a pilot project that authorized the electronic transfer of the record on appeal to the Second District Appellate Court to include the record on appeal originating in Boone, Carroll, Jo Daviess, Kendall, Lee, Stephenson and Winnebago Counties.
Under the continued pilot, Circuit Clerks shall electronically transfer the record on appeal to the Second District Appellate Court Clerk. A paper copy shall be created and transported only if requested by the Second District Appellate Court Clerk. The pilot will allow attorneys, parties and appellate justices to electronically view, access and work from the electronic record on appeal.
The pilot makes the physical transfer of the record unnecessary, removes the cost of repeatedly transporting the record back and forth from the Appellate Clerk's office.