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For questions, contact us at eFilehelp@cookcountycourt.com or call 312-603-HELP (4357).


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Attention: Changes to eFileIL system, effective July 12, 2021-

  • Probate, Domestic Relations, and Domestic Violence [Civil] – The motion type will no longer be selected in the Case Cross Reference section. It will now be selected in the Filings section. Select your motion related filing code and then select your motion type in the dropdown box below the filing code. There will be more motion codes than before, please select the one that fits the case type or motion type you are filing. Select Motion Hearing-Type Not Listed if none of the other options fits your filing.
  • Probate Only – You will no longer have to file a subsequent filing to schedule your Opening Case Management Hearing Date. The system will now generate your Opening Case Management date when your new case is accepted. The court date and time will print on the face of your eFiled documents.

As of July 1, 2018, E-Filing became mandatory in Illinois for all Civil Areas (except Quasi Criminal, Housing and Wills). The Illinois Supreme Court mandated Cook County to Utilize the Statewide Electronic Filing System (eFileIL) for Civil Case Filings in Cook County - Illinois Supreme Court Order M.R. 18368.

You will need to do the following:

What is an Electronic Filing Service Provider?

EFSP’s are Electronic Filing Service Providers who have partnered with the state of Illinois in the eFileIL initiative. eFileIL is the Electronic Filing Manager [EFM] that connects with all of the certified ESFP’s and interface with our case management system. Currently a filer can choose one from a number of certified EFSP’s in order to file.

View a comparison chart and active links to all EFSP partners that are certified to file through eFileIL.

Need to use Public Access eFile Workstations to eFile court documents?

There will be public access eFile workstations located in all suburban districts and civil case types divisional (Chancery, Civil, County, Domestic Relations, Domestic Violence, Law and Probate) offices of the Clerk of the Circuit Clerk.

Self-paced eFiling Training Stations are also available in the eFiling Center located in the Daley Center, Lower Level, Room LL-12, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.