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Electronic Case Filing


The Southern District of Illinois has implemented the Case Management/Electronic Case Filing (CM/ECF) system and publishes Electronic Case Filing Rules to assist attorneys practicing in the Southern District. Administrative Order #60 adopts revisions to the electronic filing rules.

Attorneys must register in advance to obtain a user id and password, which serve as the attorney's signature when filing documents electronically.

For assistance with using the Electronic Case Filing system, email questions to ecfhelp@ilsd.uscourts.gov or contact the ECF help desk at (866) 867-3169 (East St. Louis) or (866) 222-2104 (Benton). Clerk's office personnel are available from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays.

NOTICE: As-of February 2, 2015, attorneys must open civil cases online via the Case Management Electronic Case Filing (CM/ECF) System. Click here for additional information.

Submitting a Proposed Document

Some documents are technically not to be “filed.” Rather, they are to be “submitted.” For example, a proposed order, proposed amended complaint, proposed documents to be filed out of time, writ, post-judgment notice, and certain stipulations require court approval before actually being filed and given full effect. Because in the ECF system docket entries themselves have the full force of a court order, to prevent confusion, such documents must be attached to an e-mail sent to the e-mail address of the assigned judge. The subject line of the e-mail must include the case number, the corresponding document number, and a brief description of the proposed document as indicated on the NEF. Such proposed documents should also be served on all parties. The judges’ e-mail addresses for such documents are as follows:

Chief Judge Michael J. Reagan MJRpd@ilsd.uscourts.gov
Judge David R. Herndon DRHpd@ilsd.uscourts.gov
Judge Nancy J. Rosenstengel NJRpd@ilsd.uscourts.gov
Judge Staci M. Yandle SMYpd@ilsd.uscourts.gov
Senior Judge J. Phil Gilbert JPGpd@ilsd.uscourts.gov
Magistrate Judge Donald G. Wilkerson DGWpd@ilsd.uscourts.gov
Magistrate Judge Stephen C. Williams SCWpd@ilsd.uscourts.gov
Magistrate Judge Reona J. Daly RJDpd@ilsd.uscourts.gov
Recalled Magistrate Judge Clifford J. Proud CJPpd@ilsd.uscourts.gov
301 West Main Street
Benton, IL 62812
750 Missouri Avenue
East St. Louis, IL 62201
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