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E-Filing Systems

The Illinois Supreme Court announced the creation of a pilot e-Records program on August 3, 2011. In conjunction with the pilot program announced on August 3rd, the Illinois Supreme Court formed an e-filing committee chaired by Justice Thomas L. Kilbride. The e-records program will allow attorneys and Justices in the 2nd Appellate District to view certain records electronically. Attorneys in Illinois should see this program as a step in the right direction. Ideally, the Circuit Courts will follow the Appellate Court's lead in advancing an e-filling and e-records systems. The Federal Courts have utilized e-filing and e-records systems for several years. Those familiar with the Federal Court's e-filing system realize that e-filing increases efficiency and access to our various judicial systems. The legal community always seems hesitant to respond to advances in technology. This is understandable considering the importance of legal record retention. Those concerned with the security of digital systems should take solace in the fact that in the majority of e-records and e-filing programs, the paper record continues to serve as the "official" record. Yet, digital files are common place in the legal arena and modern world we all live in. Searchable digital files are an incredible asset to any practice. E-filing and e-records systems are inevitable and the increased efficiency that will result from their implementation will only serve to lower legal costs throughout the state. Hopefully, within the coming months, a successful an e-filing program will reach the Circuit Courts and the Daley Center. Assuredly, Steven J. Morton & Associates is ready to for an e-filing and e-records system.

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