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A Man Uses A Computer Mouse. (AP Photo)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS) — In a world in which you can cheaply video-chat with your grandchildren, the Illinois judicial system is farther behind these cyber-times than you may think.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Dave Dahl reports, Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Kilbride has announced a pilot program in which Second Appellate District cases from two counties – DuPage and Ogle – will go online.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Dave Dahl reports

“What this project is about is making the trial records of a case that is brought to appeal in the Second Judicial District accessible electronically online for lawyers and judges and justices who are involved in that case,” said state Supreme Court Joe Tybor.

Tybor says without a unified court system for the state, it’s not as easy as it sounds to put the case files online. Without blaming the people involved, Tybor points out there are 102 counties, 102 clerks, and 102 systems.

Tybor says DuPage County is a leader in online court management and is an obvious choice for the program. He says the justices wanted to see if it could be adapted to the much smaller Ogle County, which is located north central Illinois.