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July 1 an Important Date for eFileIL and re:SearchIL

June 25, 2018

 

The Supreme Court's statewide e-filing project to utilize technology to make the court system more accessible and efficient celebrates another important milestone next week as additional counties join eFileIL and courts statewide begin to share information with re:SearchIL.
Here is a quick look at what to expect:

  • Cook County, the second largest unified court system in the country, begins mandatory e-filing of civil cases on the statewide platform, eFileIL.
  • Madison, Kendall and DeKalb, counties that previously used their own e-filing systems, will join eFileIL. Madison County did receive an extension until Jan. 1, 2019, to migrate its asbestos docket to eFileIL.
  • All courts using eFileIL will make their e-filed case documents and information available to re:SearchIL, the statewide remote access system.

Re:SearchIL is a web-based portal that provides immediate and secure access to a consolidated database of case information. The solution provides a simple and consistent way to view and obtain case records and documents from counties across Illinois, and it integrates with multiple case management systems to share that information. Courts will be the first to benefit from the improved access to information available through re:SearchIL, with judges, clerks, and parties to a case able to access case information. The Illinois Supreme Court anticipates expanding access to re:SearchIL to all non-party attorneys and the general public in a phased implementation as remote public access policies are developed.

Judicial Information Sessions are available to help train judges in the use of re:SearchIL. Training sessions should be scheduled on a circuit-wide basis by the Chief Judge. Requests can be made at efile.illinoiscourts.gov/meetings.htm

Following July 1, the eFileIL system will include 99 counties, five appellate courts and the Supreme Court. There are three counties that have received extensions to join eFileIL. McHenry and Winnebago counties received extensions until August 31, 2018, and DuPage County received an extension until July 1, 2019. The Supreme Court also created a good cause exemption for self-represented litigants.

The first e-filed envelope in eFileIL was accepted in Logan County on Oct. 31, 2016. The system received its 1 millionth envelope on May 4, 2018, and currently processes an average of 7,000 envelopes every business day. 

Mandatory, statewide e-filing ensures efficiency, consistency, and fairness. For attorneys and self-represented litigants alike, mandatory e-filing means no more running to the clerk's office to file a document before the close of business or to the post office to make sure that a filing is postmarked on time. Because e-filing may be done at any hour and from any location, access to the court has become more convenient for all.