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Some area counties join e-filing pilot program

Carroll and Lee counties are two of several approved Monday to take part in a pilot program that allows electronic filings of appeals in the Second District Appellate Court.

The pilot program, which began in DuPage County in 2005, allows attorneys, parties, and appellate judges to view, access, and work electronically from the official record of cases on appeal in those counties. 

The other counties approved for the program within the second district are Boone, Jo Daviess, Kendall, Stephenson, and Winnebago.

The accessible electronic record will include transcripts of the trial, hearing, motions, pleadings, and documents. 

A hard copy of the documents still will be available. 

Exhibits, such as photos and physical evidence, will not be available electronically. 

Several other counties, including Ogle, already are involved in the program. 

Chief Justice Thomas Kilbride said in a news release Monday that the program will bring the courts closer to eventually making e-business universal throughout the state’s court system. 

Further, the pilot program removes the cost of repeatedly transporting the record back and forth between attorneys, justices, and the district clerk’s office and provides more efficiency in preparing and working on appeals, the release said. 

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