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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. Since that time, e-filing has been or will be available in the Supreme Court, Appellate Court, and 101 Trial Courts by January 1, 2019.

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 and respond to issues that have been raised during the initial e-filing implementation. The May 30, 2017, amended Order M.R. 18368 prohibits court and vendor fees for e-filing, exempts incarcerated pro se litigants from e-filing (subsequent filings only), allows permissive criminal e-filing, and includes the implementation of a statewide remote access system called re:SearchIL.

The Supreme Court's statewide e-filing initiative provides a uniform filing experience for all filers in any court and continues the use of technology solutions in the judicial branch which streamlines the process for filing documents - conserving environmental resources and time while generating long-term cost savings. In addition, the Supreme Court's amended Order directs the initial implementation of the re:SearchIL application which promotes the use of electronic court documents and prepares for a remote public access application, eventually, providing attorneys and the public a central location to access all court documents (Read the press release »).

Statewide e-Filing: please visit the eFileIL website.

Statewide central document repository: please visit the re:SearchIL website.