Suffredin- An Advocate for All of Us  
 

Accountability
Forest Preserves
Public Safety
Cook County Budget
Forest Pres. Budget
Property Tax Appeal
Health & Hospitals
Land Bank Authority
Policy Resolutions
Unsung Heroine

 

   
 
   
   
 
   
     
  Office phone numbers:  
   
 
 

The Cook County Code of Ordinances are the current laws of Cook County.

   
 

Search current and proposed Cook County Legislation in Larry's exclusive legislative library.

   
  Cook County is the second most populous county in the nation. It is the 19th largest government in the U.S.
   
     
     
     



E-filing now available in Cook County

Monday, May 11, 2009
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
by Pat Milhizer

The Cook County circuit clerk's office launched a program Monday that will save commercial litigation lawyers from making a trip to the Daley Center when they're ready to file lawsuits.

The program lets lawyers file lawsuits online at any time, and for now, it's limited to the Law Division's Individual Commercial Calendar Section.

The circuit court is the largest court system in the world to offer electronic filing, and plans for the project started about four years ago when Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans gave Circuit Clerk Dorothy A. Brown the go-ahead to file an application with the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts.

''This is a win-win-win for Cook County,'' Brown said at a news conference Monday morning. ''It will save millions of dollars in time, taxpayer dollars, private dollars and best of all, it will help to contribute to the preservation of energy as well as our natural resources.… In short, it was the right thing to do.''

Registered users will be able to visit www.cookcountyclerkofcourt.org to file documents, pay the associated fees, receive file-stamped copies of documents and serve opposing parties. Along with the usual filing fees, the service will cost $4.95 per case, plus an additional 4 percent credit card charge of the total cost of the filing.

The system accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover and checking account payments, as long as the lawyer's Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission number reflects that the attorney is in good standing.

For first-time users, the Web site offers several video seminars to provide guidance on how to use the system.

In addition, the system will soon let litigants file draft court orders for submission to judges. Judges would then be able to edit, sign and electronically return the signed orders. There is no timetable for that process to begin, Evans said.

While the e-filing program is voluntary, Brown expects that demand for the service is high given that about 1,200 attorneys and legal assistants attended an e-filing seminar in March.

The clerk's office also conducted training sessions over a five-week period that attracted more than 500 people.

And by Monday morning, 25 lawyers had already registered for the service.

After about six months, Evans said the circuit will know if the program is working well. Courthouse officials can then discuss expanding the program to other divisions, with the County Division likely being next, Evans said.

''Yes, we start with the Commercial Section of the Law Division, but I want all here to know … that it is my thrust that we can expand this e-filing to the whole system in Cook County, so that there will be savings throughout the system,'' Evans said at the news conference.

County officials chose to start the program with commercial litigators because many of them already use e-filing in federal court, Evans said.

''We thought we'd start there because we thought the comfort level would be there,'' Evans said.

Brown said that the program isn't supported by tax dollars, and the service provider and training company will both be paid through the $4.95 per-case fees.

The e-filing program offers several features that the county won't charge for, including registration; converting documents to portable document formats, or PDFs; attaching an unlimited number of documents to a single filing; serving the opposing party; and viewing, printing or saving documents from the system.

E-filing is not totally new to Illinois, and a similar program is offered in DuPage County. Associate Judge Kenneth A. Abraham of the 18th Judicial Circuit said the system has proven convenient so far.

''I think the rules that were adopted, while not perfect, have provided a good basis for operations,'' Abraham said, saying the system allowed easy preservation of original documents and verification of complaints.

With multiple vendors providing access to the e-filing system in DuPage County, litigants have a variety of options for filing, including the traditional way, Abraham said. He added that there are issues to consider, however — namely whether e-filing should be mandatory and whether there should be a single vendor for quality control purposes.

Cook County's program has just one vendor, and as Cook County rolls out its e-filing system this week, Abraham advised that the county should keep an open mind to what the users have to say about the program.

''Our experience has been that when a court system is open to suggestions and modifications, it provides the best means for public access and the most efficient means to get into the system and get it done,'' Abraham said.

Patrick Yeagle contributed to this report.



Recent Headlines

Daily COVID-19 cases dip under 1,000, but officials warn it could take 2 weeks to see if protests prompt uptick (LIVE UPDATES)
Thursday, June 04, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County state’s attorney’s office says it will review allegations that Chicago cops pulled woman from car by her hair and placed knee on her neck
Thursday, June 04, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Report: 1 in 6 Chicago COVID-19 Cases Can Be Tied to Cook County Jail
Thursday, June 04, 2020
WTTW News

‘COVID-19 Adjustment’ may lessen Cook County property taxes in light of pandemic
Wednesday, June 03, 2020
JD Supra

Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here’s what’s happening Wednesday with COVID-19 in the Chicago area
Wednesday, June 03, 2020
Chicago Tribune

More positive results for antiviral drug remdesivir in battle against COVID-19
Wednesday, June 03, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Live Updates: Looting Causes Food Shortages; Security Firms See Spike In Demand
Wednesday, June 03, 2020
WBEZ

So many were killed by gunfire in Chicago Sunday, the medical examiner brought in extra pathologists for the autopsies
Wednesday, June 03, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Social distancing measures remain in place at county jail
Tuesday, June 02, 2020
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Protests and peace: Pritzker, Preckwinkle, Cupich call for ‘peaceful action’ to stem ‘contagion’ of racism
Tuesday, June 02, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

With Dozens Being Shot Every Day, Anti-Violence Groups Continue Working Amid Looting And COVID-19
Tuesday, June 02, 2020
WBEZ News

Judge tells Cicero no more surprise visits at nursing home where more than a dozen died from coronavirus
Tuesday, June 02, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

George Floyd fallout: Gov. J.B. Pritzker deploys National Guard to suburbs, access to downtown Chicago remains restricted
Tuesday, June 02, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Circuit Court Clerk introduces electronic options for court information in non-criminal matters
Tuesday, June 02, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County sends officers, intel to aid suburban police: ‘We have been called everywhere’
Tuesday, June 02, 2020
The Daily Line

Pritzker, Preckwinkle, faith leaders look ahead to rebuilding
Tuesday, June 02, 2020
Crain's Chicago Business

26th employee contracts COVID-19 at Cook County Circuit Court Clerk’s office
Tuesday, June 02, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Senior citizens in subsidized housing have been dying alone at home, unnoticed because of coronavirus distancing
Tuesday, June 02, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Disaster Proclamation Issued For Cook County As Chicago Faces Looting, Vandalism
Monday, June 01, 2020
Blockclub Chicago

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart: Carry on peaceful protests, but looters and arsonists will go to jail
Monday, June 01, 2020
Chicago Tribune

all news items

Paid for by Larry Suffredin and not at taxpayer expense. A Haymarket Production.
^ TOP