File & Serve Illinois is ready to help as the eFiling landscape in Cook County changes to comply with a Supreme Court mandate to connect to the statewide Electronic Filing Manager (EFM). On July 1, 2018, eFiling into all divisions of Cook County must be initiated via a certified eFiling provider such as File & Serve Illinois. Use the quick links to navigate to File & Serve Illinois content that will help you prepare for the mandate.
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eFiling – Migration to eFileIL
eFiling through eFileIL will become mandatory in Cook County on July 1, 2018. But File & Serve Illinois is available in Cook County now!
Timeline by Case Type:
- – Permissive on eFileIL April 1, mandatory July 1, 2018::
- • Divisions that were eFiling via OLIS: Chancery, Child Support, Civil, Domestic Relations, Law, Probate
- • County Division – case types: adoption, marriage of minors, annexation and deannexation of land to a tax body, elections, inheritance taxes, mental health proceedings, real estate taxes, municipal organizations, orders of protection filed in conjunction with a mental health proceeding)
- – Permissive on eFileIL May 1, mandatory July 1, 2018: :
- • All other divisions: Criminal, Domestic Violence, Elder Law and Miscellaneous Remedies
eService – Still available on File & ServeXpress
File & Serve Illinois offers electronic service when filing into all courts, as well as, serve-only for all available courts. The Case Management Order for Cook County asbestos cases does not change and users will continue to electronically serve in these cases via File & ServeXpress.
Cook County Functionality
- Request Hearing Date:
After submitting a transaction, filers may request a hearing date directly from the envelope confirmation pop-up screen. Alternatively, filers may navigate to Completed Filings, open the Transaction Summary and select the “Request Hearing Date” button to schedule a hearing date with the court. Hearing Dates can only be requested while the filing is pending clerk review. Once a filing is accepted, the filer can no longer request a hearing date for the document(s) filed.
- Notification of Hearing Date Assignment:
After clerk review of the filing, the Hearing Date field located in the Transaction Summary will show the status of the hearing request and, once accepted, will display the date and time of the hearing. The hearing date and time will also be stamped on the document returned from the court, and will appear in the “accepted” email from the court.
- Case Cross-Reference Number:
Filers may utilize the Case Cross-Reference Number field to provide the court with additional data, as required for certain case types such as expungements and tax. Filers will also use the field for entering a Cook County Attorney Code, which is required for all Cook County filings except those in the County Division. In addition, filers will select “Motion” in the Case Cross-Reference field to facilitate scheduling hearings for specific calendars in the Law, Domestic Relations, Probate and Chancery divisions. When applicable, Motion dates cannot be scheduled during the Request Hearing Date process unless this step is taken.
- Schedule Return Dates:
When the case requires a Return Date, such as when a summons is being issued, filers must click the MM/DD/YYYY field, choose a return date from the pop-up calendar and then click “Verify Return Date.” If a filer is not sure if a return date is required, click “Verify Return Date.” If a return date is required, the system will provide the first available return date. The filer can proceed with the first available date, or select a later date. If a return date is not required, the system will place a check in the “Not applicable for this filing” box. Note: If filing more than one document in an envelope, the Return Date applies to the first lead document only.
- Note: Filers can search for existing Cook County cases by case number, but Cook County has not yet implemented the ability to search for existing cases by party name.
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*Additional fees charged by the Courts and eFileIL system:
- Standard Court Filing Fees – contact your local court for information on filing fees.
- Convenience Fees – eFileIL charges a convenience fee to cover the credit card or eCheck processing fees.
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