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NextGen CM/ECF is Coming! Monday, February 28, 2022 - What It Means For You

What's Changing for CM/ECF Filers

On Monday, February 28, 2022 the Court will upgrade its Case Management/Electronic Case Filing System ("CM/ECF") to the Next Generation of CM/ECF ("NextGen").  This upgrade provides users with several new benefits.  One of these benefits is Central Sign-On, a login process which allows e-filing attorneys and non-attorneys to use one PACER login and password to access any NextGen Court (appellate, bankruptcy and district) in which they practice.


Do you have your own PACER account?

​All electronic filers must have their own PACER account, which will be linked to your CM/ECF filing account.  Shared PACER accounts cannot be used by CM/ECF users.


Have you upgraded your PACER account?

If your PACER account was created prior to August 2014, you may need to upgrade your account before your court moves to NextGen CM/ECF.  An upgraded PACER account allows you to use the same account to search for case information and file electronically in a court using NextGen.

To upgrade your existing PACER account:

  1. Log in with your PACER username and password, and check the Account Type. If your account is already upgraded, it will say ‘Account Type: Upgraded PACER Account.’ If it indicates ‘Account Type: Legacy PACER Account’, select the Upgrade link.
  2. Complete the Upgrade PACER account screens by validating your account information, adding date of birth, county, creating new username, creating new password, and selecting security questions.
  3. For more help, review the step by step guide on upgrading your PACER account


Link Your CM/ECF Filing Account to Your Upgraded PACER Account

After the court moves to NextGen, you must link your CM/ECF filing credentials (login and password) to your upgraded PACER account. You must know both sets of credentials to link the accounts. Futher instructions will be available here once we get near to the date of the upgrade.