Electronic Filing (e-Filing) Basics for Self Represented Litigants
As of July 01, 2019, all civil cases in DuPage County will be e-filed using the statewide Tyler/Odyssey system. Criminal and Juvenile cases will be e-filed using the I2File system.
Below are some frequently asked e-filing questions. Step-by-step guides have been provided by the Administrative Office of Illinois Courts. A complete list of the e-filing guides below can be found on the Illinois Supreme Court website
Q1. I am e-filing a civil case. How do I prepare my documents?
Before e-filing anything, it is important to prepare your court documents. All documents must be in PDF format. The Circuit Clerk's Office (1st floor) and the Law Library (2nd floor) in the DuPage County Courthouse have e-filing stations and scanners. If you need assistance formatting your documents please visit the courthouse or your local public library.
For instructions on preparing your documents, click: Prepare Your Documents (PDF)
Q2. I've prepared my documents. Do I need to register for a Tyler/Odyssey account?
You only need to register for a Tyler/Odyssey account if you have never e-filed before. If you have e-filed before you do not need to re-register and can skip this step. Use the same username and password that you have used in the past.
Q3. I have never e-filed before. How do I register my e-filing account?
If you have never e-filed before you will need to register an e-filing account. To register, you will need an internet connection and an email address that you check daily.
For instructions to register your e-filing account, click: Register to E-File (PDF)
For video instructions, click: Registering for a New Account With Odyssey File & Serve (video).
Q4. How do I sign into my account?
You must sign into your account. This is necessary for both first time e-filers and experienced e-filers. Keep your username and password safe and accessible for future use.
For instructions to sign in, click: Sign In (PDF)
For video instructions, click: Signing Into Your Account (video)
Q5. I don't remember my e-filing password. How can I resolve this?
You can reset your password if you don't remember it. Once you have reset your password, keep your new password safe and accessible for future use.
For instructions to reset your password, click: Create a New Password if You Forgot It (PDF)
For video instructions, click: Creating a new password (video).
Q6. Do I need to set up a payment account?
Yes. You must set up a payment account. Do this before e-filing any documents.
There are four (4) payment options: credit card or prepaid debit card, eCheck (bank account), pay at counter (pay with cash at the Circuit Court Clerk's Office, or a court approved fee waiver. The necessary forms and instructions to file a fee waiver are available online through the IL Supreme Court Standardized forms website.
For instructions to set up a payment account, click: Add a Payment Account (PDF)
Q7. How do I enter case information for a NEW case?
If you are filing a new case as a petitioner/plaintiff, you will need to know basic information about the case Basic information includes: in which court you are starting your case and the type of case you are bringing.
For instructions to enter case information into a NEW case, click: Enter Case Information (PDF)
For video instructions, click: Enter Your Case Information - New Case (video)
Q8. How do I enter case information for an EXISTING case?
An existing case already has an assigned case number. If you are responding as a defendant/respondent then you are e-filing into an existing case. If you are plaintiff/petitioner who is uploading pleadings then you are e-filing into an existing case.
In order to enter case information into an existing case, you will need the case number and party names from court documents you have received. E.g. a summons, a complaint, or a petition.
For instructions to enter case information into an EXISTING case, click: Enter Case Information (PDF)
For video instructions, click: Enter Your Case Information - File into Existing Case (video)
Q9. How do I enter party information?
Typically, there are two parties in a case: the plaintiff/petitioner and the defendant/respondent. However, there may be multiple parties. E.g. multiple landlords or tenants and co-guardians.
You will be asked for information about all parties involved. Be as specific as possible.
For instructions to enter party information, click : Enter Party Information (PDF)
For video instructions, click: Enter Party Information (video)
Q10. How do I upload my documents into Tyler/Odyssey?
After completing all the above steps, you will be ready to digitally upload your documents into Tyler/Odyssey. Your documents must be in PDF format.
For instructions to upload documents, click: Upload Your Documents in the Filings Section (PDF)
For video instructions, click: Upload Filings (video)
Note: The Administrative Office of Illinois Courts does not allow Exhibits or Certificates on new case filings. Therefore, you have two (2) options: You may include exhibits or supporting information in the same PDF as the complaint, behind your initial complaint petition OR You may upload anything as an Other Document Not Listed, and please provide a comment to the Clerk’s office on how you would like this filed, i.e. “This is an exhibit.”
If filing an exhibit into an existing case, you have two (2) options: You may include exhibits in the same PDF as your motion, behind your initial motion OR download an Exhibit Cover Sheet for each exhibit and upload each individually.
Q11. How do I pay my fees?
Once you have uploaded your court documents you will be asked to pay any necessary filing fees.
For instructions to pay fees, click: Pay Fees
For video instructions, click Pay Fees (video)
Q12. How do I submit my e-filing documents?
Once you have paid the filing fees, you can review a summary of your transactions. If everything is correct click "Submit". Your documents have now been sent to the Circuit Court Clerk's Office for review. You will receive an email letting you know if your documents were approved or denied. Check your email account regularly for any updates.
For instructions to submit your documents, click: Review the Summary & Submit the e-Filing