e-filing Drama continues

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Mandatory e-filing pushed to June 30, 2018

The Illinois Supreme Court has approved a six-month extension of mandatory e-filing in response to a petition from Circuit Clerk Dorothy Brown. The petition was made due to information received by the Circuit Clerk’s office that the some central functions of the new Odyssey EFileIL system would not be ready for operation by January 1, the high court’s original deadline.

The Supreme Court will allow paper filing as an alternative to e-filing until June 30, 2018. Until then, the Cook County Circuit Clerk’s Office will continue to charge transaction fees to filers through the office’s stand-alone e-filing vendor.

Brown’s spokesperson said the clerk’s office appreciates that the Supreme Court “understands the extremely complex and voluminous case management system” used in Cook county.

The high court delayed the e-filing requirement for all Cook County civil cases through its order, In re: Mandatory Electronic Filing in Civil Cases, M.R. 18368, available online.