MANDATORY CIVIL E-FILING
All new Civil cases and all documents filed into existing Civil cases must be filed electronically through the eFileIL platform. EFileIL does not accept filings for Criminal cases. McHenry County will continue accepting Criminal/Traffic/Juvenile E-Filing through www.i2File.net using the non EFM filing option in the upper right-hand corner of the i2File home page.
EFileIL has more information available online to answer questions you may have. Visit the links below for information on how to EFile as well as how to choose an EFSP.
The Circuit Clerk offers five E-Filing Stations for the public, which include a computer and scanner. The E-Filing Stations are available during regular business hours on the first and third floors of the Courthouse, outside Room 136 and in Room 353. Email your E-Filing questions to [email protected].
HOW TO START E-FILING
Step 1 - Select an E-File Service Provider (EFSP). An EFSP provides an online service to help you file your documents and act as the intermediary between you and the eFileIL system. Each EFSP offers a variety of additional services. You should evaluate which provider meets your filing needs (see EFSP comparison chart). You can change EFSP providers any time you wish, or use multiple EFSP providers if one offers a benefit for certain type(s) of filings. You do not have to re-register on eFileIL to change an EFSP or if you are using multiple EFSP's.
Step 2 - Filers are responsible to ensure their filings are properly submitted. To assist, the eFileIL website lists the Configuration Standards and Procedures. Many of the EFSP's also offer training videos and manuals that provide additional information on how to file utilizing that EFSP's portal. Once you register with an EFSP, you do not need to re-register should you choose to use a different provider. You may simply log in with your existing username and password.
EXEMPTION FROM E-FILING
Illinois Supreme Court Rule 9(c)(4) allows for an exemption from E-Filing for good cause. If you are unable to E-File for any of the following reasons, complete a Certificate for Exemption from E-Filing form and include it with your paper filing
- I am representing myself and do not have the internet or a computer in my home.
- I am representing myself and have a disability that prevents me from E-Filing.
- I am representing myself and have trouble reading, writing or speaking English.
- I am filing a document in a sensitive case.
COMMON E-FILING REJECTION REASONS
Below are some of the most common reasons for electronic filings to be rejected. If you have questions about how to properly prepare your documents for e-Filing, please email to [email protected].
- Multiple documents filed as a single PDF. Documents with different titles must be filed as separate documents. For example, Notice of Motion and Motion should be submitted as two separate PDF’s and must be uploaded as LEAD documents.
- Exhibits filed as multiple PDFs. Exhibits must be attached to the documents they support and submitted as a single PDF.
- No fee attached when filing requires payment, or vice versa. For example, filer selects “New Case” rather than “File into Existing Case”.
- No Fee Waiver Application filed when filer selects “Waiver” payment option
- Unreadable PDFs, document format errors (document too small to read, not 8.5x11” image size, etc.)
- Scheduling errors (closed court date, wrong room, etc.), you must contact the Circuit Clerk’s office to select and/or schedule any motion or return dates prior to filing notices or summons that require court dates.
- Court date, time and room left blank on submitted summons or notices. Court date, time and room must be filled in when submitting summons to be issued or filing notices.
- Documents filed which are to be directly filed with the judge. Proposed orders, or any other documents which are to be filed directly with the judge cannot be accepted through e-filing at this time.
- When uploading a Sheriff Service Information Sheet neglecting to select & pay the corresponding Sheriff service fees for each party to be served.
- Selecting to pay Sheriff service fees for parties to be served, but not uploading a corresponding Sheriff Service Information Sheet.
The Circuit Clerk’s Office does not accept proposed orders through E-Filing. McHenry County Court Administration provides an email address that can be utilized to submit proposed or agreed orders to the Court. This email address is for proposed orders in civil matters only. Any documents to be filed must be E-Filed with the Circuit Clerk. For more information and the guidelines for submission of proposed or agreed orders to the Court, see Court Administration.
E-FILING LOCAL RULES
Effective September 8, 2015, McHenry County began accepting electronic filings in all case types with the exception of Wills (WI). The 22nd Circuit adopted revised Local Rules for E-Filing to include Criminal E-Filing which became effective on September 8, 2015.
McHENRY COUNTY SHERIFF SERVICE
You can place your documents for service with the McHenry County Sheriff in one easy step when you E-File your documents with the Circuit Clerk at www.i2File.net. Complete the Sheriff Service Instruction Sheet and upload this along with your other documents. The Circuit Clerk will forward your documents to the Sheriff Civil Process Division for service, along with the Sheriff Service Instruction Sheet.
The Sheriff service fees will be deducted from your E-Filing pay-down account, or assessed along with your filing fees for payment by credit card. The Sheriff Civil Process Division will file your completed Proof of Service with the Circuit Clerk. Your filed Proof of Service will be available for viewing/printing from your Attorney Access Portal account.