Illinois Mandates E-Filing For Civil Court Cases

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The Illinois Supreme Court has issued a mandate regarding the electronic filing of civil cases in circuit courts, effective January 1st, 2018. The deadline for the state Supreme Court and five Appellate court districts is July 1st of 2017.

Bond County Circuit Clerk Rex Catron told WGEL the Supreme Court has been pushing several electronic initiatives on local courts. He said for the most part, he believes that to be a good thing.

Under the new mandate, everything will have to be filed electronically as opposed to on paper. Catron’s office staff can provide technical assistance in doing so.

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The circuit clerk said the cases that will be part of the e-filing mandate include lawsuits, small claims, probate cases, estates, divorces, and any other cases that are not criminal filings.

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The exact cost of implementing a statewide e-filing program will not be known until the state selects a vendor to provide electronic filing manager services.