Next Gen CM/ECF

Next Gen CM/ECF Implementation Complete

November 12, 2017

On November 12, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upgraded its CM/ECF system to Next Gen CM/ECF, the latest iteration of the national case management and electronic case filing system.  Additional information regarding Next Gen CM/ECF in the Fourth Circuit is available at


All changes to contact information must now be submitted through PACER account maintenance.  Hard copy and verbal contact information changes will no longer be processed.

If you have a legacy CM/ECF account, you will need to complete a two-step process in order to file documents in the Next Gen system. The first step is to upgrade your PACER account and the second step is to link your legacy CM/ECF account to your upgraded PACER account.  Check the listing of Legacy CM/ECF Account Holders to determine if you had an account in the Fourth Circuit prior to November 12, 2017.

STEP 1: Upgrade Your PACER Account (this step may have been completed previously)

STEP 2: Link Your Legacy CM/ECF Account to Your Upgraded PACER Accountt

NOTE: If you are linking accounts for someone else, be sure you know whose accounts you are linking because you will not be able to undo this process once you click Submit.

FOR CJA COUNSEL ONLY:  Once you have an upgraded, individual, non-exempt PACER account, contact the PACER Service Center at and request to have your CJA privileges added to this account.  Your email should include the following the district(s) and/or circuit(s) in which you have been appointed as CJA counsel; the username and account number for your upgraded PACER account; the username and password for your PACER-exempt account.  The PACER Service Center will email you with instructions on how to proceed.  Questions regarding your PACER-exempt account should be directed to the PACER Service Center.

For questions regarding linking your Upgraded PACER account and legacy CM/ECF account, contact the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ECF Help Desk at 804-916-2767.

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.