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Lake County local rule requires e-filing of certain cases, fee increase implemented

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Beginning July 16, all civil collection, civil tort, civil plenary and miscellaneous cases filed in the County Division Courts Room 2 or 3 in Lake County will have to be filed electronically using the county’s new e-filing system. The change is a result of an amendment to Local Rule 45-A.R.16-17.

Mortgage foreclosure cases filed in the Circuit Court and all rooms of the Civil Division have been using e-filing since Feb. 1, 2010.

A fee increase for attorneys who use electronic filing is also going into effect Monday. The appearance fee per attorney per case is going from $15 to $17.50 and the printing fee required by the clerk has increased to $0.25.

Those who work with or file civil collection, civil tort, civil plenary or miscellaneous cases in the affected courts will need to complete the online docket registration at www.lakecountyin.org and register for e-filing by July 16. Contact Barb Gray in the Lake County Data Processing Office at bgray@lakecountyin.org or 219-755-3635 to register for e-filing.

Any questions on the e-filing changes may be directed to the e-filing support help desk at 219-755-3635.

 

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  • Is this reasonable?
    My understanding is that each attorney who enters an appearance on even 1 case in Lake Co. will have to pay $200 to register. If all 92 counties adopted this rule the cost would be $18,400 per year per attorney. It is my further understanding the pro se litigants need not pay a $200 fee.

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