The Federal Judiciary developed a Next Generation (NextGen) Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) system that allows attorneys to use the same account for both PACER and electronic filing access. Attorneys will be required to use their individual PACER login and password for access to the electronic filing system in NextGen Courts.
The U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Ohio (OHNB) is scheduled to go live with NextGen CM/ECF on Monday, August 2, 2021.
Beginning Friday, July 30, 2021, at 5:00 p.m., the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Ohio's CM/ECF system will go offline.
There are two things you will have to do to access OHNB’s ECF system after it is migrated to NextGen:
- Upgrade your PACER account so that it is compatible with any court's NextGen system (We highly recommend that you complete this step as soon as possible.)
- Link your upgraded PACER account to OHNB’s CM/ECF system on or after August 2, 2021.
NextGen Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How Do I Know If My PACER Account Has Been Updated or Not?
Please see the How to Upgrade My PACER Account document for more information.
How Do I Link My PACER Account to OHNB's CM/ECF System?
Please see the How to Link My PACER Account to OHNB CM/ECF document.
What Should I Do If My Firm Currently Shares a PACER account?
Each person that will be e-filing in CM/ECF is required to have their own PACER account, which will be linked to your CM/ECF e-filing account. You can register for new PACER accounts on their website: https://pacer.uscourts.gov
Can We Combine the Billing for Multiple PACER Accounts?
Yes, you can request a PACER Administrative Account (PAA) from the PACER Service Center. A PAA account allows you to manage multiple accounts and pay for all charges associated with the multiple accounts. The PAA account will not allow you to access case information, it only allows for account management. To register for a PAA, click the following link: https://pacer.uscourts.gov/register-account/group-billing.
For assistance with creating a PACER account, please contact PACER at 1-800-676-6856 or visit the PACER website at https://pacer.uscourts.gov. For assistance linking your account after the court transitions to NextGen, contact the ECF Help Desk.