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CM/ECF NextGen

NextGen CM/ECF is LIVE for the District and Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas.

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. Click here to access the PACER website.

CM/ECF Filers: Filing Access for NextGen System

Attorneys must obtain their own PACER account or upgrade an existing individual PACER account . Your PACER account is your login to CM/ECF, and therefore you MUST have your own individual PACER account. E-filing attorneys are not able to use shared PACER accounts. Please click the PACER link below for more information regarding how to upgrade your existing PACER account or how to register for a new PACER account.

After upgrading or obtaining your PACER account, you must then link your PACER account to your current CM/ECF account, or register for a new filing account if you do not have a current account. Instructions for each of these tasks can be found within the tabs below.

Registering for PACER

Registering for PACER: 

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.

Upgrade Your Existing PACER Account

Upgrading Your Existing PACER Account: 

If you have your own individual PACER account and it was created prior to August 11, 2014 (also known as a Legacy account), you must upgrade your account before you can electronically file in a NextGen court. Click here to view instructions on how to Upgrade your Existing PACER Account.

Linking Your Existing PACER Account

Linking Your Existing PACER Account: 

Prior to filing, you must link your upgraded PACER account to your CM/ECF filing account. After linking your CM/ECF filing account to your PACER account, you will then use your PACER account when filing documents with the court. This may be referred to as your Central Sign-On account. Click here to view instructions on how to Link your Existing PACER Account.

Firm Billing

Firm Billing: 

The PACER Service Center has developed a consolidated billing and online account process for groups to manage and pay for all charges associated with multiple PACER accounts. Click here for information on a PACER Administrative Account (PAA).

New E-Filing Registration

Attorneys who do not have an existing CM/ECF filing account prior to NextGen must register for one through PACER if they wish to file electronically in the NextGen systems. Before full electronic filing privileges can be approved, attorneys must seek admission to practice in the Southern District of Texas, or file a motion to appear pro hac vice in a case before the court. To register for filing access, go to PACER, log into Manage My Account, select the Maintenance tab, and select Attorney Admissions/E-File Registration or Non-Attorney E-File Registration. Provide bar ID information and a case number for verification of admissions status.