A press release from the McHenry County Circuit Court:
22nd Circuit Court Approved for Electronic Filing of Criminal Cases
McHenry County Circuit Court Clerk, Katherine Keefe and 22nd Circuit Chief Judge, Michael J. Sullivan are pleased to announce they have received approval from the Illinois Supreme Court to move forward with the implementation of electronic filing for criminal case types in the 22nd
The McHenry County Circuit Clerk will begin accepting electronic filings in
criminal case types effective September 8, 2015.
Electronic filing, or E-Filing, is an automated online process where users of the court system can file documents electronically over the internet, rather than on paper.
In addition, filing fees are paid online, thus allowing the party to complete their filing without ever coming to the McHenry County Government Center.
The E-Filing system is available to attorneys and self-represented litigants.
McHenry County has been accepting electronic filing for civil case types since September of 2013 and was the second county in Illinois approved by the Supreme Court for Criminal E-Filing.
Currently, only five Illinois counties have been approved by the Supreme Court for E-Filing in criminal cases.
The filer receives notification that the documents have been received and accepted or rejected.
Once accepted, a file stamped document is returned electronically.
Illinois Supreme Court Rules allow for an electronically submitted document to be filed up until midnight while still receiving a file stamp with the current date.
Documents can be submitted electronically 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, eliminating “racing the clock” to the courthouse. In addition, E-Filing is cheaper and faster than mail and delivery services.
E-Filing also streamlines the process in the Clerk’s office for accepting filings, entering the data associated with those filings and the storage of those court documents.
“We have been extremely successful with Civil E-Filing over the past two years, and are very excited to finally have Supreme Court approval to offer Criminal E-Filing as well,” said Circuit Clerk Kathy Keefe.
“E-Filing not only enables the Court and Circuit Clerk to operate more efficiently, it is also gives attorneys the ability to file at any time, from any location. Increased efficiency will provide better customer service to users of the court system and will ultimately result in cost saving to the taxpayers.”