Illinois Appellate Court, Second District, Amends Local Rules, Now Requires Hard Copies of Briefs

January 25, 2018 12:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

By Josh Wolff

Law Clerk to Hon. Eileen O'Neill Burke, Illinois Appellate Court, First District

The Illinois Appellate Court, Second District, recently amended Local Rule 101. Now, the Second District requires five hard copies of briefs be filed with the Clerk of the Court within five days of the briefs’ e-filing acceptance date.


Rule 101(c) now reads:


“Where a party files a brief electronically, the electronically filed brief shall be considered the official original. The party shall provide the Clerk’s Office with five duplicate paper copies, which shall be received in the Clerk’s Office within five days of the electronic notification generated upon acceptance of the electronically filed brief. Each paper copy shall be a printed version of the electronically filed brief, bearing the Clerk’s electronic file stamp, and shall be printed one-sided and securely bound on the left side in a manner that does not obstruct the text. The paper copies shall comply with all applicable Supreme Court Rules, including the color-cover requirement in Supreme Court Rule 341. A party shall not provide paper copies of any other materials filed electronically.”


The Second District also amended Rule 103 regarding motions for extensions of time, specifically adding subsection (a)(4) concerning information that must be provided in cases that might become moot pending the appeal. Now, the party requesting an extension must include “[i]n a criminal case, the status of the defendant’s sentence (where applicable), or, in any case that would become moot due to the passage of time on appeal, the date on which the appeal would become moot.”


To see these local rules, please click here


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