Pursuant to Supreme Court Order M.R. 18368, Mandatory E-Filing in Civil Cases, filed January 22, 2016 and M.R. 18368, In re: Electronic Filing in Civil and Criminal Cases and Remote Access Systems, filed May 30, 2017, the following e-filing standards apply to eFileIL.

Supreme Court of Illinois Orders, Rules, Standards, and resources.

Note: see Record on Appeal Standards for document format and file size standards for e-filing the record on appeal to the reviewing courts.

  1. File Size for Illinois Reviewing Courts
    The maximum file size for a document e-filed through eFileIL to the Supreme Court and Appellate Court Districts is 150mb.
  2. File Size for Illinois Trial Courts
    The maximum file size for a document e-filed through eFileIL is 25mb., with a maximum envelope size of 50mb.
  3. Document Format
    When possible, the following parameters apply to e-filed documents submitted through eFileIL:

    • Optical Character Recognition (OCR) PDF.
    • Minimum 300 dpi (dots per inch), Maximum 600 dpi – scanned in black / white mode.
    • Page Size: 8½ x 11 inches.
    • 12 pt. font
    • First page, top margin of each e-filed document should be two inches.
    • A one inch page margin on all sides (top, bottom, right and left sides).
    • When possible, create the OCR PDF document directly from the program used to create that document. Do not create it from a scanned image of the document.
  4. Hyperlinks, Security, or Embedded Video or Audio in e-Filed Documents
    Hyperlinks to external material contained within an e-filed document are for convenience purposes only. The court does not consider hyperlinked material part of the filing. E-filed documents cannot contain any security or encryption. Additionally, the court does not allow embedded audio or video files in PDF documents.
  5. Bulk Filings
    The court does not accept bulk filings of documents from multiple cases which filers combine into one PDF document. Additionally, filers must submit documents with different case numbers individually in separate transactions / envelopes.
  6. Photographs or Graphics
    The court allow users to e-file photographs and graphics. Additionally, if the filer submits the graphic or photograph in color, the court files it in color when possible. However, the court does not accept graphics and photographs larger than 8 ½ x 11 inches. For those documents, the filer will want to contact the court clerk for alternative filing procedures.