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Supreme Court E-Filing | State of Illinois Office of the Illinois Courts

Supreme Court 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 effective July 1, 2017. Once mandatory, e-filing will occur through a single, centralized Electronic Filing Manager (EFM), which will be integrated with the Supreme Court's case management system. The new statewide e-filing initiative marks the final step in the Court's ongoing effort to utilize technology to make the court system more efficient. Read the Court's Press Release.

E-filing began in the Illinois Supreme Court on January 12, 2012, when the Court filed Order M.R. 18368 authorizing the electronic filing of documents with the Supreme Court on a pilot basis. On February 13, 2013, the Court filed Order M.R. 18368 expanding the pilot.  The 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.

The current pilot will cease on June 14, 2017 at 11:59; thereafter, e-filing will no longer be available through  Beginning June 15, 2017 and through June 30, 2017 at 11:59 p.m., e-filing will continue on a permissive basis through the centralized EFM (eFileIL). Consistent with the Court’s order of January 22, 2016, effective July 1, 2017, all documents filed in civil cases shall be e-filed. Documents filed in criminal cases on the Court’s general docket and bar/attorney matters on the Court’s miscellaneous record docket may be e-filed. 


Law firm entities can electronically renew their annual registration under Supreme Court Rule 721(f) and pay the $40 renewal fee using the Supreme Court's  e-renewal process.