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NextGen CM/ECF Information

On April 26, 2021, the Court upgraded its Case Management/Electronic Case Filing (CM/ECF) system to Next Generation CM/ECF (NextGen). 

NextGen simplifies electronic filing by combining your CM/ECF and PACER accounts into a single Central Sign-On account. Through the PACER website, this single Central Sign-On account gives registered filers access to view documents in PACER and electronically file in all NextGen courts in which they have permission to file. All bankruptcy courts are now on the NextGen system

CM/ECF Filers: What to do if you have not e-filed since the Court's migration to NextGen

Need CM/ECF e-File Privileges

Attorneys and limited access filers that do not have e-filing privileges at California Central Bankruptcy Court, see CM/ECF Training and Registration.

e-Filers with Existing PACER Accounts

If you already have an individual PACER account, and it was issued prior to August 11, 2014, the account will need to be upgraded for NextGen compatibility.  Please review these instructions  on how to upgrade your PACER account.

e-Filers without Existing  PACER Accounts

If you do not have an individual PACER account, you will need to register for a new account through PACER services.  Each attorney/limited user must have his/her own individual PACER account.  Shared PACER accounts are no longer useable at NextGen courts.

Group Billing PACER Access Fees

Since NextGen requires individual PACER accounts, firms may set up a PACER Administrative Account to help manage attorney/limited user accounts and have those individual accounts centrally billed for PACER access fees. Review PACER Administrative Account(PAA) instructions.

Filing Agents

Any employee of an attorney or trustee who has a Filing Agent account in CM/ECF must register for their own individual PACER account. 

If you also have an existing Attorney CM/ECF account, you must have a separate individual PACER account. With NextGen, there is a one-to-one relationship between PACER accounts and CM/ECF accounts.  Please review these instructions on how to create an individual PACER account that you will link to your existing Attorney CM/ECF account.

Paralegals for the US Trustee

Paralegals who e-file in CM/ECF on behalf of the US Trustee MUST become Filing Agents.

To become a Filing Agent, follow these instructions.

CM/ECF Filers: Final Step

ECF Account holders who had filing privileges with California Central Bankruptcy Court before April 26, 2021, must link their CM/ECF account with their upgraded Individual PACER account. This final step must be completed before you can file documents in NextGen CM/ECF. See these instructions on how to link your CM/ECF account to your Individual PACER account.

PARALEGALS who e-file on behalf of the US Trustee MUST become Filing Agents. To become a filing agent, follow these instructions