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E-filing to be required for court documents

Starting Jan. 1, people must file their court documents in civil cases electronically at circuit clerks' offices statewide, including in La Salle County.

Even with that change, the public will not be able to access court filings online. They'll need to use public computers in county courthouses to access the records, said La Salle County Circuit Clerk Greg Vaccaro. The state Supreme Court has yet to allow people to access documents online, only the basic information about cases.

Nearly a year ago, the Supreme Court announced e-filing for civil cases would be mandated with the new year.

Mandatory statewide e-filing marks the latest step in the court's ongoing efforts of using technology to make the judicial system more efficient, according to a news release from the La Salle County circuit clerk's office. E-filing streamlines the filing process and saves money long-term, the release said.

Documents can be filed at efile.illinoiscourts.gov.

For more information, visit lasallecounty.com.

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