The Cook County Circuit Court announced plans for electronic filing to be unavailable next week for attorneys filing motions in the Civil, Law and Chancery Divisions, meaning they will need to file cases in person Tuesday through Friday.
The site has been undergoing upgrades and posted a similar notice and process in October.
EFileIL, the statewide electronic filing system used by the Circuit Court of Cook County, will be unavailable for the Civil, Law, Divisions 1 through 6 and Chancery Divisions starting at 8 p.m. on Monday through 8 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 6, the office announced.
Conventional filing in person will be available for those divisions through the normal business hours of the Clerk of the Circuit Court, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 30 through Friday, Dec. 3.
A notice posted on the clerk’s website includes more details on filing:
For all Civil locations, if scheduling a court date for any civil case being filed, it will now be required to select a Motion Type in the Filings Section of the eFiling envelope.
If the correct Motion Type is not selected, it will result in the inability to schedule a court date. Those filing motions are instructed to select one that fits the case type or motion type being filed.
This also applies to scheduling a date for all post-judgment matters.
For the Chancery Division, the motion type will no longer be selected in the Case Cross Reference section, according to the notice. Rather, it will be selected in the Filings section.
Those filing are instructed to select the motion related filing code and then select the motion type in the dropdown box below the filing code.
The clerk’s site advises that there will be more motion codes than before, and the code that fits the case type or motion type being filed is what should be selected.
If the motion hearing type is not listed, there is an option to select “type not listed.”
For the Law Division District 1, which includes calendars 1, 3, and 5, along with Law Districts 2 through 6, including calendars G, K, L, O, and P, motion scheduling for eFiling will also be allowed.
The notice also states that if a document is considered to be filed untimely due to any court-approved electronic system technical failure during this transition, the filing party may seek appropriate relief from the court, upon good cause shown. This is in accordance with Illinois Supreme Court Rule 9(d)(1).