Please follow the steps below:
No, registration of attorneys and staff should be handled by a designated Firm Administrator. Please review this Firm Administrator Training Video for details on how to register yourself, firm attorneys, support staff members, and create the firm’s payment account. If attorneys or staff register separately, they will have to be merged into the firm account created by the Firm Administrator. Here are the instructions to request those accounts be merged into a firm account: Steps to Merge Self-Registered Employees.
Yes, the court issued the Supreme Court of Illinois Electronic Filing Procedures and User Manual: http://www.illinoiscourts.gov/EBusiness/Sup_Ct_Efiling/SCt_efiling_user_manual.pdf This Manual was approved June 2, 2017 and became effective July 1, 2017.
Yes, both the Illinois Supreme Court and the Fourth District Appellate Courts have specific rules and procedures for filing the record on appeal. Please review the rules:
On January 22, 2016, the Illinois Supreme Court entered Order M.R. 18368 announcing mandatory electronic filing (eFiling) for civil cases in the Illinois Supreme, Appellate and Circuit Courts.
The following case types are included in the civil category: arbitration, chancery, eminent domain, law, law magistrate, miscellaneous remedy, municipal corporation, small claims, tax, adoption, dissolution, family, mental health, and probate.
eFiling will be available in all case types with the following exceptions:
All documents regarding civil matters MUST be e-filed, with some exemptions. Supreme Court Rule 9(a). Documents exempt from e-filing are: documents from an incarcerated SRL, wills, juvenile documents filed under the Juvenile Court Ac of 1987, and other documents in a specific case by court order, upon good cause shown. Supreme Court .
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Yes, you may submit discovery documents or other serve-only documents to via the File & Serve Illinois website. These documents will be served onto the registered parties in the case and available for viewing on the File & Serve Illinois website. The viewing of discovery documents is restricted to parties in the case with a valid login.
According to Section 7 of the Supreme Court of Illinois Electronic Filing Procedures and User Manual regarding “Timing of e-filing; mechanics:”
When you file, you are asked to select the type of document you are filing. The Court has hundreds of document types and selecting the correct one can be difficult.
The state is working towards creating a standard configuration which will be adopted by each county in the state. If a filing code that you are looking for is not available, please Contact eFileIL to let them know.
eService is the service of documents onto parties via the File & Serve Illinois secure and encrypted system. After you submit a document, you can select the eService option to immediately serve the parties or attorneys in the case, electronically.
Each case has a list of “service contacts” who can be selected for eService on any file-and-serve or service-only filing. Filers can add people to the case service contact list by selecting desired recipients from the firm service contact directory or from the Public Service List (when it becomes available, timing from the Illinois Supreme Court is TBD). A service contact is a person for whom an email address and other identifying information has been entered into the eFileIL system by a registered user.
A “firm service contact” is associated in the eFiling system with an attorney, organization, or law firm. A filer can add a firm service contact from their own firm to the service list for a particular case. IMPORTANT NOTE: If you do not see opposing counsel on the Service List for a particular case, the filer cannot add a service contact from another firm, which will associate the service contact to the filer’s firm. Until the Public Service list becomes available, there are two options for serving someone who is not on the service contact list for a case: 1) serve the service contact conventionally (i.e. via U.S. Mail or email); or 2) contact the missing service contact’s firm and ask the firm to add the missing service contact, which will enable the contact to be selected for eService.
A “public service contact” is listed on the Public Service List for purposes of eService.
The “Public Service List” is a directory of public service contacts who are available for eService. For eFileIL, the state has indicated that it will create and maintain the Public Service List via a feed from the Illinois Bar. NOTE: The Public Service List has not yet been approved by the Illinois Supreme Court. Tyler Technologies has indicated the Public Service List will be available by July 1, 2018, but this timing is not yet confirmed.
The Public Service List is not yet available for eFileIL. The Illinois Supreme Court has not yet confirmed when the Public Service List will be available.
Once the Public Service List becomes available, you must be filing in a case in order to search the Public Service List. When adding a service contact to a party on a case, select “Add from public list” from the Actions menu.
Search for the service contact by name, email address, or firm name. Complete names or entries are not required - partial entries are searchable.
Yes. The eFileIL system adheres to state and federal security regulations and meets Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) to protect filer and transaction information.
Yes, there are multiple ways to do this. For someone to receive a courtesy copy of every filing that is eServed on you, firm administrators may edit a service contact to enter one or more email addresses to receive an “administrative copy” of every document sent to the service contact. For someone to receive a courtesy copy of filings eServed on you on a case-by-case basis, users can add any firm service contact to the service list for a case.
FSIL does not transfer properties in a word.doc file. FSIL does not keep the changes in a “track changes” markup. If a document includes comments that are visible in the document, these visible comments/notes will be included in the PDF conversion – but this is not “metadata.”
Electronically filed documents that require an original signature when conventionally filed shall bear a facsimile or typographical signature of the attorney or self-represented party authorizing such filing, (e.g. "/s/ Adam Attorney"), and shall be deemed to have been signed in-person by the individual identified. Here a link to the IL Supreme Court’s complete list of Electronic Signature Standards.
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