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NextGen CM/ECF Information

Go-Live Date April 26, 2021

On April 26, 2021, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California will be upgrading its Case Management/Electronic Case Filing (CM/ECF) system to Next Generation CM/ECF (NextGen).  Be prepared by learning the benefits, staying informed, and following the instructions below.

Benefits of NextGen for the CM/ECF Filer

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. IMPORTANT:  You must still utilize your original CM/ECF login for each court that is not yet on the NextGen system

CM/ECF Filers: What to do before NextGen April 26, 2021

Preparation for NextGen can begin now for all e-filers. Fill out this NextGen preparation handout and keep it handy.

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 will no longer be useable once the court has upgraded.  

Group Billing PACER Access Fees

Since individual PACER accounts will now be required, 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.  View instructions on how to set up a PACER Administrative Account (PAA).

Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 Subchapter V Trustees with Existing Filing Capabilities

Your existing “legacy” trustee PACER account (issued prior to August 11, 2014), must be upgraded for NextGen compatibility.  Please review these instructions on how to upgrade your 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 on or after April 26, 2021.

Chapter 13 Trustees with Existing Filing Capabilities

Your existing “legacy” trustee PACER account (issued prior to August 11, 2014), must be upgraded for NextGen capability.  Please review these instructions on how to upgrade your PACER account.  

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 on or after April 26, 2021.

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: 

Before CM/ECF is taken off-line for the NextGen migration on April 22, 2021, follow these instructions.

On or After April 26, 2021, follow these instructions.

CM/ECF Filers: What to do on or after April 26, 2021

This final step cannot be taken until after the court converts to NextGen on April 26, 2021, and must be completed before you can file documents in NextGen CM/ECF.

FINAL STEP:  Link your individual PACER account to your existing CM/ECF account.
To file documents after we convert to NextGen CM/ECF, all e-filers 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. See these instructions on how to link your CM/ECF account to your Individual PACER account or you may also view "How to Link" in this learning module

Filings Agents: to become a filing agent after the court is live on NextGen, follow these instructionsPARALEGALS who e-file on behalf of the US Trustee MUST become Filing Agents.