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NextGen CM/ECF Information

What's New for NextGen CM/ECF Users


On April 13, 2020, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of North Carolina will upgrade their Case Management/Electronic Case Filing System (CM/ECF) to the Next Generation of CM/ECF (NextGen). NextGen allows you to maintain a single login and password for PACER access and e-filing in all NextGen federal courts in which you have permission to e-file.


Preparing for NextGen

Each filer must have their own PACER account, which will eventually be linked to your CM/ECF filing account once we have implemented NextGen. Shared PACER accounts cannot be used by filing attorneys once we have upgraded.


Each filer may need to UPGRADE their PACER account. If you already have your own PACER account, but it is not upgraded, please upgrade it now.


Each filer will need to link their PACER account to their CURRENT CM/ECF account. This must be completed after the court goes live on NextGen CM/ECF.

  • You will need to know your current CM/ECF login and password.
    • If your web browser automatically fills in your CM/ECF account credentials, that will not work with the linking process.
    • Please make a note of your current CM/ECF login and password prior to April 10, 2020.
    • If you do not know your current CM/ECF login and password, contact the help desk.


  • Instructions for Linking Your CM/ECF Account to your Upgraded PACER Account (Must be completed after the court goes live on NextGen CM/ECF.)





Additional information regarding NextGen can be found at

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I have an upgraded PACER account?

Upgraded PACER accounts have usernames that are at least 8 characters. If your username is 6 characters, you do not have an upgraded account.

My law firm uses a shared PACER account. Can we continue to use that account?

Each attorney must have an individual PACER account to use for electronic filing in NextGen. Law firms may setup a PACER Administrative Account (PAA) to manage the billing for all of the individual attorney accounts and have them centrally billed for filing and PACER access fees. Staff members who share a PACER account only for research can continue to share. NOTE: The PAA will not allow access to case information.