Updated: March 15, 2014 6:08AM
Residents and members of the legal community now can register to receive training dates for a new e-filing system that soon will be implemented by the Lake County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office.
Circuit Court Clerk Keith Brin announced his office will offer a series of in-person and online training courses before the new Electronic Filing System goes live later this year.
Training dates will be determined by the number of people who sign up, and those who have registered will be notified of training dates by email. The training courses and seminars will be offered free of charge.
Training is expected to begin next month.
The Lake County E-Filing System will allow litigants, attorneys, paralegals and others to file documents online for civil cases in Lake County.
“Our goal is to have boots on the ground and provide as much advance training and assistance, and answer as many questions as necessary, so that when the system goes live our users are ready to jump in and get to work,” Brin said.
Interested parties can register to receive immediate notification when training dates are announced by going to the Circuit Clerk’s Web site at http://www.lakecountyil.gov/CircuitClerk/Pages/default.aspx.
The Lake County E-Filing System is a state-of-the-art custom-designed system functioning in real time. The system was designed by the office for the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit without using taxpayer funding, Brin said.
Brin said technological advancements like e-filing allow Lake County courts to function with more efficiency and provide greater accessibility, saving users both time and money.
“We don’t live in an 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. world anymore,” Brin said. “With e-filing, we are effectively removing the constraints time and physical location impose.”
Brin said extensive training being given to his office staff is an important component in planning a successful launch.
“When we go live and debut our e-filing sytem to the public, I want to be sure we’ve done our job,” Brin said.
“That means in addition to offering a five-star Electronic Filing System to the people of Lake County that I’ve taken the extra steps to make sure my office, my staff and myself are readily available and accessible to train our users in advance so they can hit the ground running fully trained on the system from day one.”