Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Basic E-filling Questions

Electronic filing or e-filing enables filers and courts to efficiently process documents and fees online. eFileIL manages the flow of information among filers, clerks, court personnel, and judges:
Filer Submits Documents
After selecting a certified electronic filing service provider (EFSP), filers log on to their provider's website to file case-related documents online to any participating court in Illinois.
EFSP Delivers Documents to the Court
EFSPs check submissions for completeness, calculate filing fees and court costs, and electronically deliver the submitted documents to participating courts.
Clerks Accept or Reject Submissions
Court clerks receive the electronically filed documents and associated fees for processing and acceptance, review the documents, accept the filings or return them for correction, and provide an electronic timestamp notification to the filer for the accepted documents.
E-filing in Illinois is facilitated by electronic filing service providers (EFSP), that is, web portals operated by independent companies that collect filings from filers and transmit them to eFileIL.
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.
E-service is a feature provided by eFileIL where documents are electronically served to other parties in a case via e-mail. Using this option, you can track when each party received and opened the filing.
Note: Transaction and service fees may apply depending on the EFSP used to perform e-service.
Filers are responsible for accomplishing service of all filings as required by applicable court rules. For this purpose, filers may use the mail service, serve by hand delivery, send an e-mail or use eFileIL as it offers the option of electronic service of each filing to the designated service contact.
Yes, eFileIL may be used to exchange documents between parties without filing the documents through the courts.

2. Understanding Fees

Yes, there are fees associated with filing documents electronically with
  • uStandard court filing fees: Statewide fee schedules can be found at Contact your local court for additional information on specific filing fees.
  • E-file fee: A service fee is assessed for use of the e-filing system.
  • Payment service fee: A payment service fee is assessed to cover the credit card processing fees.
A convenience fee is assessed to cover the credit card processing or eCheck processing fees.

3. Filer Information

Unless a court chooses to adopt mandatory e-filing earlier by enacting local rules, e-filing will be mandatory in civil cases in all circuit courts on January 1, 2018. E-filing in all reviewing courts (Appellate Courts and Supreme Court) will be mandatory on July 1, 2017.
E-filing will be available in all case types with the following exceptions:
Criminal (CF, CM, DT)
Quasi-Criminal (TR, CV, OV)
Juvenile (J, JA, JD)
eFileIL is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Consult your local court rules for the court review timelines and schedules.
Note: The system may be temporarily offline from time to time for maintenance purposes.
The list of courts currently accepting filings through the eFileIL system is available on the Active Courts Web page.
Yes, pro se parties are eligible to use any EFSP for e-filing. Filing into the Supreme Court and Appellate Districts is Mandatory as of July 1, 2017. Filing into the Circuit Clerks is Mandatory January 1, 2018
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 Us and let us know.

4. Registration and Support

Yes, all users must register prior to using eFileIL.
Yes, support is provided by each service provider (EFSP) for their particular application.
Yes, training is provided by each service provider (EFSP) for their particular application.
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