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CM/ECF NextGen

CM/ECF NextGen is LIVE and available for electronic Filing


  1. PACER upgrade Instructions
  2. Linking Filing Account to PACER
  3. CLE NextGen Presentation
  4. NextGen Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)


The North Carolina Western Bankruptcy Court went live on the Next-Generation of CM/ECF (NextGen CM/ECF) on Monday, October 21, 2019.


The Federal Judiciary has developed a Next Generation (NextGen) Case Management / Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) system that will allow you to use the same account for both PACER and electronic filing access. This single login and password will allow users to access all federal courts (bankruptcy, district, and appellate) in which a user has permission to file. 

CM/ECF users are required to complete preparatory steps in PACER to enable electronic filing in the NextGen CM/ECF system. To assist users with CM/ECF NextGen Preparation, Court staff will be available to provide PACER assistance with upgrading or creating new accounts on certain hearing dates. 


  • Get your own individual PACER account
    • You must have your own PACER account, which will be linked to your CM/ECF filing account after NextGen implementation.  CM/ECF users will not be able to use shared PACER accounts.



  • Note your current CM/ECF login and password.



Questions regarding PACER accounts should be directed to the PACER Service Center:

The PACER Service Center hours of operation are 8 AM - 6 PM CT, Monday through Friday.


NextGen Help

Questions regarding your CM/ECF account should be directed to the Court:

  • (704) 350-7500



PACER Administrative Accounts (PAAs)

Firms can set up a PACER Administrative Account (PAA) to manage all their user accounts and have central billing for PACER access fees.  Click on the following links to read more about PAAs or to register for a PAA account:


PACER Administrative Accounts (PAA)

The PACER and CM/ECF improvements affected PAAs differently than other account types. In August 2014, users became owners of their PACER accounts, and administrator rights were modified. See below for more details.

  • If you have a PAA, you need to upgrade your account in order to perform any functions outside of making a payment.
  • PAA owners no longer:
  • Own the individual user’s account linked to the PAA.
  • Have access to the user’s account other than usage details. Account updates must be made by the individual account owner.
  • Create new accounts.
  • Activate or deactivate accounts.
  • Each user takes their account to a new firm where it is linked to that organization’s PAA.
  • Both the PAA owner and individual account owner can unlink the account from the PAA.