Madison County has been designated by the Illinois Supreme Court as a pilot for electronic filing "e-filing" of Law and Arbitration cases.
E-filing of Law cases begins April 6 at the Circuit Clerk's office.
Arbitration cases will be eligible for e-filing at a later date.
The Third Judicial Circuit Court's Rules on e-filing are available on the Circuit Clerk's webpage.
One key provision of the local court rules (Rule 2.) is that all parties must agree to e-filing for cases filed prior to April 6.
According to the Clerk's office, on and after April 6, if an initial pleading is filed electronically -- whether the complaint or answer -- the case is automatically eligible for e-filing.
To take advantage of e-file, attorneys must send a signed statement to Circuit Clerk-E-filing, 155 North Main Street, Edwardsville, IL 62025 stating their agreement to submission by electronic filing on all cases pending as of April 6.
Statements will soon be available at the clerk's counter and in courtrooms.