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Civil filing fees go up

IL Staff
January 1, 2008
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Attorneys who make civil filings are now paying for judicial salaries and future participation of magistrates in a state pension program.

Civil filing fees increased slightly on July 1, raising the standard cost from $133 to $136 to pay for court administration and judicial salaries.

The General Assembly increased the court administration fee from $3 to $5, and the judicial salaries fee went up from $17 to $18. Other fees remain unchanged.

Some attorneys in Marion County have called the local clerk's office to ask about the new fee changes, according to court officials there.

The court administration fee went up as a result of Senate Enrolled Act 329, or Public Law 122, which increased the fee and applied the additional amount to the judges' retirement fund. A fiscal impact statement shows the hike would generate about $2 million and allow magistrates starting after July 1, 2010, to participate in the pension program. Only the Small Claims courts in Marion County will distribute 40 percent of the administration fee collected to the township trustee for court operations, according to the legislation.
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