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PAEB NextGen Implementation

Eastern District Bankruptcy Court will be upgrading its Case Management/Electronic Case Filing System (CM/ECF) to the Next Generation of CM/ECF (NextGen).  This upgrade will provide users with several benefits including Central Sign-On: the ability for e-filing attorneys to access any NextGen court they practice within using one login and password. 

Upon Go-Live, October 26, 2020, you must have linked your upgraded PACER account to your PAEB NextGen CM/ECF account. Users will NOT be able to file in NextGen until their CM/ECF account is linked to their upgraded individual PACER account. Users cannot link before October 26, 2020

To prepare for the upgraded system, you must take a few preliminary steps.  Your PACER Account will be your login (entry point for both PACER and CM/ECF).  Therefore, you must have access to an Individual PACER Account.

Follow steps 1 through 3 below.


Obtain your own individual PACER account, if you do not already have one.  Register for a new PACER account by clicking here:

If you already have your own PACER account, then go to Step 2.


Upgrade Your PACER Account

If your PACER account was created prior to August 2014, you may need to upgrade your account before your court moves to NextGen CM/ECF.  An upgraded PACER account allows you to use the same account to search for case information and  file electronically in a court using NextGen courtCM/ECF. 

To upgrade your existing PACER account: 

Log in with your PACER username and password, and check the Account Type. If your account is already upgraded, it will say ‘Account Type: Upgraded PACER Account.’ If it indicates ‘Account Type: Legacy PACER Account’, select the Upgrade link.  


Link Your CM/ECF Filing Account to Your Upgraded PACER Account 

After the court moves to NextGen CM/ECF, you must link your CM/ECF filing credentials (login and password) to your upgraded PACER account. You must know both sets of credentials to link the accounts. 

  1. Go to the NextGen CM/ECF website of the court in which you are registered to e-file. Look up the court’s website using the Court CM/ECF Lookup
  2. Click the “CM/ECF Document Filing System” link. At the login screen, log in with your upgraded PACER account credentials. 
  3. Click the “Utilities” menu. 
  4. Click “Link a CM/ECF account to my PACER account.” If you do not see this option, look for “NextGen Release 1.1 Menu Item,” click it, and then click “Link a CM/ECF account to my PACER account.” 
  5. Enter your CM/ECF login and password. 
  6. You will be prompted to confirm the CM/ECF account being linked to the PACER account to ensure you are not linking the wrong accounts.
  7. If successful, you will be sent to the welcome screen for that court. If the filing menu options do not appear, refresh your browser (F5) and/or clear your cookies, cache, and history. 

If unsuccessful, please try again. To reset your password, or obtain your CM/ECF username, contact the IT Helpdesk at (215) 408-2860

Changes to PACER Administrative Accounts

PACER Administrative Account (PAA) holders are affected differently than other account types. If you have a PAA, you need to upgrade your account in order to perform any functions outside of making a payment. 

PAA account holders no longer: 

  • Own the individual user’s account linked to the PAA. Accounts are owned by the individuals and they can take them from one organization to another. 
  • 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. 
  • PACER Administrative Accounts Manual (.pdf)