By Associated Press - Tuesday, October 14, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - The Illinois Supreme Court has said it will start giving courts a chance to electronically file criminal and traffic case documents.

The court said Tuesday that counties can request approval from the high court to start electronically filing in trial courts. Chief Justice Rita B. Garman says it will make courts more efficient, conserve environmental resources and save taxpayer money.

The decision is the latest example of the court’s push to modernize the state’s courtrooms. The court has approved electronic filing for civil cases in 11 counties since a pilot project was launched in 2003. Another pilot program has allowed media organizations to electronically record court proceedings in several counties.

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