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Electronic Filing

Mandatory Electronic Filing in Civil Cases

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, Apepllate and Circuit Courts. The Order set out a timetable for implementation, with the mandate being phased in over two years. E-filing will become mandatory for civil cases in the Supreme Court and the five districts of the Appellate Court effective July 1, 2017. E-filing will become mandatory for civil cases in all Circuit Courts effective January 1, 2018.

The Supreme Court will require e-filing to occur through a single, centralized Electronic Filing Manager (EFM), which will be integrated with each court's case management system. To make the transition easier for the circuit courts currenting operating approved e-filing programs, those courts will be allowed to continue using their local EFM until e-fiing has been implemented in all the other circuit courts. The new statewide e-filing initiative marks the final step in the Court's ongoing effort to utilize technology to make the court sytem more efficient. Read the Court's Press Release

 

Supreme Court
The Illinois Supreme Court is currently operating an Electronic Filing Pilot Project, which includes the e-filing of documents in all cases on the Court's general docket and attorney disciplinary matters on the Court's miscellaneous record docket. The E-Renewal filing process of annual registration under Supreme Court Rule 721(f) has also been included.

Supreme Court of Illinois Electronic Filing User Manual- amended 02/03/14


Appellate Court
Electronic filing is currently not taking place in the Appellate Court.


Circuit Courts
Currently, 15 Illinois counties have applied and been approved to conduct electronic filing programs under Electronic Filing Standards and Principles (Standards), which the Illinois Supreme Court approved on October 24, 2012. The Standards completed the pilot stage of an e-filing program which began on September 19, 2002, when the Illinois Supreme Court initially approved e-filing in civil cases on a pilot basis. The Standards were amended effective September 16, 2014, to include criminal case types, including traffic citations.

The 15 counties approved are Clinton, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Kendall, Lake, Madison, Marion, McHenry, Montgomery, Moultrie, Sangamon, St. Clair, Will, and Winnebago.


E-Filing Standards & Application Guidelines
The Standards permit all Circuit Clerks, in partnership with the Chief Circuit Judge, to apply for approval for a permanent e-filing program. In November 2012, the Supreme Court approved Electronic Filing Guidelines (Guidelines) to be used to guide the Circuit Courts through an application process for implementing an e-filing program. The Guidelines were amended effective September 16, 2014.

The e-filing application process provides that the Chief Circuit Judge and Circuit Clerk make application to the Administrative Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts. The application must include an affirmation that the Circuit Clerk will coordinate and manage a program that meets the minimum requirements set by the Supreme Court through the Standards. A proposed date of implementation must be included, along with a review of the proposed program by the local bar association, state's attorney, public defender and sheriff or law enforcement agency, depending upon the case categories which are included in the application. Draft copies of proposed local rules or general administrative orders are also required to be submitted with the application.

 

 

The table below identifies the courts with approved e-filing programs. Once an e-filing program has been approved in a county, implementation
is under the oversight of the Chief Circuit Judge and Circuit Clerk. To date, 15 counties have been approved for e-filing.

Court
Circuit
E-Filing Website
Approved
Local Rules/
Administrative Orders
Vendors
Comments
Supreme   http://www.i2file.net/I2F/

February 13, 2013
(Pilot Expanded eff. March 1, 2013)

January 12, 2012
(Pilot Approved)

 

  I2File.net Pilot includes the electronic filing of documents in all cases on the Court's general docket and attorney disciplinary matters on the Court's miscellaneous record docket.

E-Renewal filing process of annual registration under Supreme Court Rule 721(f) added.
Circuit Courts
by County
Circuit E-Filing Website
Approved
Local Rules/
Administrative Orders
Vendor(s)
Comments
Clinton 4th http://clintoncountycircuitclerk.com/e-filing/ June 24, 2015
(Civil E-filing)

Clinton County E-Filing Administrative Order

Clinton County E-Filing Standards

Judici Civil only Approved
Cook Cook https://efile.cookcountyuscourts.com

March 20, 2013 -
(Civil E-filing)

Cook County E-Filing Pilot Project General
Administrative Order 2012-10

Cook County E-Filing Pilot Project General Administrative Order 11-07

Cook County E-Filing Pilot Project General Administrative Order 09-01

USCourts

Civil only Approved

DeKalb 23rd http://www.i2file.net April 14, 2014
(Civil E-filing)
DeKalb County E-Filing Local Rules I2File Civil only Approved
DuPage 18th http://www.dupageco.org/CourtClerk/3001/

June 25, 2013
(Civil E-filing)

October 10, 2014
(Criminal E-filing, including citations)

DuPage County E-Filing Local Rules - eff. 1/1/13 LexisNexis

I2File
Civil & Criminal (including citations) Approved
Kendall 23rd https://i2file.net/I2F/ September 10, 2014
(Civil E-filing)
Kendall County E-Filing Local Rules - General Order 14-6, filed 8/28/14 I2File Civil only Approved
Lake 19th https://circuitclerk.lakecountyil.gov/e-filing/jsp/singleSignin/dispatcher.jsf August 6, 2013
(Civil E-filing)
Lake County E-Filing Local Rules Lake County Civil only Approved
Madison 3rd http://www.co.madison.il.us/departments/circuit_clerk/e-file/index.php June 20, 2013
(Civil E-filing)

July 24, 2015
(Criminal E-filing, including citations)
Madison County E-Filing Rules - filed 6/18/13 Mozato File & ServeXpress

nCourt
Civil & Criminal (including citations) Approved
Marion 4th https://judici.com/efiling/index.jsp February 26, 2015
(Civil E-filing)
Marion County E-Filing Administrative Order 2015-6

Marion County E-Filing Standards
Judici Civil only Approved
McHenry 22nd https://www.co.mchenry.il.us/county-government/departments-a-i/circuit-clerk/e-filing June 18, 2013
(Civil E-filing)

May 12, 2015
(Criminal E-filing, including citations)
McHenry County E-Filing Local Rules I2File Civil & Criminal (including citations) Approved
Montgomery 4th http://www.montgomeryco.com/index.php/e-filing-now-avialable June 13, 2013
(Civil E-filing)

July 21, 2015
(Criminal E-filing, including citations)
Montgomery County Administrative Order 2013-12 Judici Civil & Criminal (including citations) Approved
Moultrie 6th https://www.judici.com/service/pricing.jsp?SERVICE_ID=29 May 29, 2014
(Civil E-filing)

August 7, 2015
(Criminal E-filing, including citations)
Moultrie County Administrative Order 15-AO-1 Judici Civil & Criminal (including citations) Approved
Sangamon 7th https://secure.fileandservexpress.com/Login/Login.aspx October 30, 2013
(Civil E-filing)
Sangamon County Administrative Order 2014-6 Mozato File & ServeXpress Civil only Approved
St. Clair 20th http://www.circuitclerk.co.st-clair.il.us/courts/Pages/eFile.aspx May 22, 2013
(Civil E-filing)
St. Clair County Electronic Filing Local Rules I2File Civil only Approved
Will 12th http://www.circuitclerkofwillcounty.com/Public-Access/e-Services May 10, 2016
(Civil & Criminal E-filing, including citations)
Will County Electronic Filing Local Rules (18.00 et seq.) I2File Civil & Criminal (including citations) Approved
Winnebago 17th https://i2file.net February 9, 2015
(Civil E-filing)
E-filing Rules for the 17th Judicial Circuit Court (22.01) I2File Civil only Approved