Next Gen CM/ECF


Fourth Circuit Implementation of NextGen CM/ECF

August 14, 2017

On November 13, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit will go live on Next Gen CM/ECF, the latest iteration of the national case management and electronic filing system. Under the existing version of CM/ECF, a filing user is required to run Java in order to access the system. A filing user also must maintain a separate CM/ECF account for each court in which that user files documents and performs other CM/ECF-related activity. A CM/ECF account is separate from the user's PACER account which is utilized to view docket reports and print filed documents.  

Highlights of NextGen CM/ECF will include the following:

  • The Java plug-in will no longer be required;
  • The system will use a new interface for filing users; and
  • A new Central Sign-on feature will allow a filing user to view docket reports, file documents, and perform other CM/ECF-related activity through one PACER account that will be utilized for all appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts that have gone live on NextGen CM/ECF.

To continue filing documents and performing other CM/ECF-related activity in the Fourth Circuit on or after November 13, 2017, a filing user who created a PACER account prior to August 10, 2014, will be required to upgrade that account in PACER. View instructions for upgrading a PACER accountEach individual filing user must have a separate upgraded account; firmwide and other shared accounts will not be permitted. Any individual filing user who created a PACER account on or after August 10, 2014, already has an upgraded PACER account which will be compatible with NextGen CM/ECF.  Users may upgrade their PACER account prior to November 13, 2017.

If a user is unsure if their account was upgraded previously, access PACER’s Manage My Account page and confirm the “Account Type” on the Welcome page.   Users with questions about upgrading PACER accounts should contact PACER directly. 

Prior to November 13, 2017, a filing user will continue using his or her current Fourth Circuit CM/ECF account to file documents and perform other CM/ECF-related activity even if the filing user has an upgraded PACER account.

Beginning November 13, 2017, a filing user will only be able to file documents and perform other CM/ECF-related activity in the Fourth Circuit through the user's upgraded PACER account. Upon logging in to PACER for the first time on or after this date, a Fourth Circuit filing user with an upgraded PACER account will be prompted to link the user's upgraded PACER account with his or her Fourth Circuit CM/ECF account. As additional appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts go live, PACER will offer the ability to add those courts to a filing user's upgraded PACER account so that the filing user does not have to maintain a separate CM/ECF account for those courts. Until a court goes live on Next Gen CM/ECF, however, a filing user will only be able to perform CM/ECF-related activities in that court by using his or her separate CM/ECF account issued by that court.

On or before November 13, 2017, the Court will post updated instructions for filing documents electronically in CM/ECF with screen shots reflecting the new interface.

 


Highlights of the Next Gen system include:

  • Java is no longer required to run appellate CM/ECF.
  • Next Gen is compatible with most commonly used browsers, including Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Internet Explorer and Safari.
  • You will use the same account for both electronic filing and PACER access.
  • Your username and password will be the same in all bankruptcy, district and appellate courts that have upgraded to Next Gen.
  • The interface will be the same in all bankruptcy, district and appellate courts that have upgraded to Next Gen.
  • The interface has been enhanced.  See Preview.