Review court fees to increase

For the first time in nearly 60 years, filing fees for reviewing courts in Illinois will increase effective Jan. 1. Under the new law, fees collected by the clerks of the Supreme and Appellate courts will be set by Supreme Court rule, rather than by statute, and will be deposited into the new Supreme Court Special Purposes Fund to support the court's commitment to e-business initiatives, including streamlining and upgrading the case management system in the courts of review. Petitioners and appellants filing cases in the Supreme and Appellate courts will pay $50 to file instead of $25. Fees for respondents and appellees will increase from $15 to $30. The national average for such fees is $181.

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