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Civil Case Opening By Attorneys

The United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois now allows attorneys to open civil cases online via our Case Management Electronic Case Filing (CMECF) System.  If you are a registered attorney in our district with a valid user name and password for CMECF, you are able to open a civil case, file the case initiating document(s), and pay the filing fee with a credit card via

Step-by-step instructions are available on this web site from the link below.  If you have any questions, please call the Clerk's Office in your division during normal business hours of 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.