You must electronically file (e-file) all court documents in civil cases in Illinois unless (1) you are an inmate in a prison or jail and you do not have a lawyer; (2) you are filing a will; (3) you are filing into a juvenile court case; (4) you have a disability that prevents you from e-filing; or (5) for good cause. The first 4 exemptions are automatic and you do not need to submit additional paperwork.
The fifth exemption (good cause) requires you to fill out and file a Certification for Exemption from E-Filing (found here: www.illinoiscourts.gov/Forms/approved/default.asp), and to check off one of the following reasons to be exempt from e-filing:
|(a)||I am representing myself and do not have the Internet or a computer in my home. My only access is through a public terminal at a courthouse, library, or other location. This poses a financial or other hardship.|
|(b)||I am representing myself and have trouble reading, writing, or speaking in English.|
|(c)||I am filing a document in a sensitive case, such as a petition for an order of protection or a civil no contact/stalking order.|
|(d)||I tried to e-file my documents, but I was unable to complete the process because the equipment or assistance I need is not available.|
For a general overview of e-filing, please review this flyer. For information about how to successfully e-file in Odyssey eFileIL, please review these resources: