NextGen CM/ECF Instructions

What's New for ECF Users in NextGen

NextGen brings new functionality that will allow you to maintain a single login and password for efiling and PACER access in all federal courts (bankruptcy, district and appellate) and to sign in one time to access all courts in which you have permission to file.

What You Need to Do Now

Do you have your own PACER account?

You must have your own PACER account, which will be linked to your CM/ECF filing account once the Court has implemented NextGen.  Shared PACER accounts cannot be used by CM/ECF users once the Court has upgraded.

Have you upgraded your PACER account?

If you already have your own PACER account but it was created prior to August 11, 2014, you must upgrade it.

Link an Upgraded PACER Account to a NextGen CM/ECF Account

You must do these steps in order to e:file

Does your firm need a PACER Administrative Account?

Firms can set up a PACER Administrative Account (PAA) to manage all their user accounts and have central billing for PACER access fees.


Saving Payment Information for PACER and E-Filing


Registering to Efile Through PACER

Registering to E-File as an attorney

Registering to E-file as a limited filer (attorney or non attorney)


Do you know your current CM/ECF login and password?

This is the login and password used for filing documents.   If it is stored in your browser, it will be lost and not recoverable except by contacting the Court during regular business hours. 

Need help with your CM/ECF account? Contact the CM/ECF helpdesk at 973-645-3930.


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for a TUTORIAL on how to upgrade, create, and link your PACER account with NextGen.