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Illinois Supreme Court Allows Electronic Service of Summons via Social Media, Text, and Email

We wanted to share a recent development in Illinois law with implications for civil proceedings for businesses and individuals that may save time, effort, and resources in filing a civil case. The Illinois Supreme Court announced amendments to Supreme Court Rule 102, addressing the service of summons and complaints in civil cases.

Per Rule 102, effective April 24th of 2023, summons and complaints sent via social media direct messages, email, or text messages are now acceptable forms of serving summons and complaints when traditional service methods become impractical.

Buckley Fine views the update as setting a positive direction by the court for legal processes and procedures to prevent parties from avoiding or dodging the service process, which has resulted in considerable delays in the past. For some of our clients, challenges to service defendants led to motion practices and multiple appearances in court, resulting in additional burdens on their time and families.

At Buckley Fine Law, we are well-prepared to leverage these new provisions. For assistance or further information on how these amendments might impact your ongoing or future cases, contact an experienced Buckley Fine attorney today at 847-381-0011 or email us at attorneys@buckleyfinelaw.com.