Joe Tybor said it before anyone else could say it first. “Some would say it’s about time.” The director of communications for the Illinois Supreme Court is talking about the availability of electronic filing, now approved in trial courts for civil cases in the state. It follows a pilot program involving five counties.
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“What Chief Justice (Thomas) Kilbride announced is statewide standards to allow attorneys to e-file their pleadings and other documents without having them typed up … and getting them stamped at the county clerk’s office.” Tybor says the unique nature of the courts’ structure across 102 counties, as well as identity-theft concerns, has kept Illinois behind the times until now in this regard.