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January 22, 2016
SUPREME COURT ANNOUNCES TIMELINE FOR STATEWIDE,
MANDATORY E-FILING IN CIVIL CASES

Filing paper court documents in civil cases will soon be a thing of the past in Illinois. Chief Justice Rita B. Garman and the Illinois Supreme Court on Friday announced that the electronic filing of documents in civil cases will be required in the Supreme Court and five districts of the Appellate Court effective July 1, 2017, and in all circuit courts effective January 1, 2018.

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E-filing to be mandatory in 2018
Published 1/22/2016 in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
By Andrew Maloney, Law Bulletin staff writer

SPRINGFIELD — Paperless filing in civil cases will soon be the rule in Illinois rather than the exception. The state’s top court announced today that e-filing will be required in civil cases both the appellate court and Supreme Court by July 2017 and in all circuit courts beginning in 2018.

The announcement says the shift from hard-copy filing will help the environment and should save money in the long run, but it will require a unified filing system that could result in new or increased court fees. Chief Justice Rita B. Garman said the departure from paper will also increase efficiency and transparency in the court system.

“I am pleased that we have now reached the point where the technology is available to implement e-filing statewide at all levels of our judicial system,” Garman said in a statement today, adding that the deadlines are “workable.”

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