A press release from the McHenry County Circuit Court:
Mandatory Civil E-Filing to become Effective September 1, 2017
(Woodstock, IL) The Circuit Clerk of the Court and the Circuit Court of the 22nd Judicial Circuit for McHenry County recently announced that effective September 1, 2017, attorneys are mandated to file all civil case filings electronically with the Office of the Circuit Clerk.
Mandatory E-Filing of civil case documents becomes effective statewide on January 1, 2018, pursuant to an order of the Illinois Supreme Court.
Ultimately, the goal of the 22nd Judicial Circuit is the implementation of the Illinois Supreme Court’s E-Record initiative, which permits trial courts that meet technology standards, to rely on the electronic record as the “official court record.”
Trial Court Administrator, Dan Wallis is very pleased with the progress made in terms of the Court and technology.
“This vision displayed by the leadership of the Court and the Office of the Circuit Clerk of the Court have brought us to the point of being a leader not only in the state, but in the nation, in the terms of court technology; as such, we have been managing document images since the mid 1990’s.
“While mandatory Civil E-Filing is the next logical step, it will have little impact on the electronic process of the Court since we have been accepting electronically filed documents since 2013.
“However, making Civil E-Filing mandatory to all parties will have a significant impact on efficiency and reduction in costs.”
The Circuit Clerk of the Court has made available several E-Filing public computers in the McHenry County Government Center to facilitate the electronic filing of documents.