Mandatory Electronic Filing for Civil Cases

On January 22, 2016, the Illinois Supreme Court entered Order M.R. 18368 announcing mandatory e-filing of civil cases in the Illinois Supreme, Appellate and Circuit Courts. The January 22, 2016 Order required e-filing through a single, centralized electronic filing manager (EFM), called eFileIL, mandated dates for the implementation of eFileIL, and included integration with each court’s case management system. Effective January 1, 2018, civil e-filing in Illinois Trial Courts will be mandatory, with eFileIL currently implemented in the Supreme Court, Appellate Court, and 93 Trial Courts.

On May 30, 2017, the Supreme Court amended the January 22, 2016 Order to further facilitate the Illinois Courts’ statewide move to an electronic filing system. The May 30, 2017 amended Order M.R. 18368 addresses court and vendor fees for e-filing, exempts incarcerated pro se litigants, furthers the migration of counties with stand-alone e-filing systems, allows permissive criminal e-filing, and includes the implementation of a statewide remote access system.

The Supreme Court’s May 30, 2017 Order responds to issues that have been raised during the initial e-filing implementation and furthers the use of technology in the judicial branch. E-filing will streamline the process for filing documents — conserving environmental resources and time while generating long-term cost savings. As well, the initial implementation of the re:SearchIL application promotes the use of electronic court documents and prepares for a remote public access application which will provide attorneys and the public a central location to access all court documents. Read the press release »


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Configuration Standards & Procedures
In an effort to create uniformity and a consistent e-filing experience across the state, a set of configuration standards have been developed. The standards include a common set of case types, filing codes and options. These configuration standards will evolve over time to provide a simplistic filing experience to filing community members.