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CM/ECF NextGen

On April 26, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. the Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina will begin 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 within which they practice using one login and password.

The upgrade to NextGen should be completed by April 29 at 8:00 a.m. Please plan for the system to be unavailable for electronic filing from Friday, April 26, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. through Monday, April 29, 2019 at 8:00 a.m.

Central Sign-On allows all CM/ECF users to maintain one account across all courts (appellate, district and bankruptcy) and to sign in one time to access all the courts in which they have permission to e-file. Each user is identified with the appropriate level of access in each court. The PACER Service Center supports e-filing recognition from various courts. Courts continue to be responsible for assigning e-filing permissions to users.

In order to prepare for NextGen, you must complete 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. This is applicable to all e-filers, including Filing Agents.

What you need to do NOW What you need to do on or after April 29, 2019

Get your own individual PACER account by clicking here: 

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.

If applicable, set up a PACER Administrative Account to help manage attorney/user accounts and have those individual accounts centrally billed for PACER access fees. View instructions on how to set up at If you'd like more information, you can access the users manual here.

Upgrade your PACER account. If you already have your own PACER account but it was created prior to August 11, 2014, you MUST upgrade it. Please view the learning module here: Find out if your account needs upgrading

Note your current CM/ECF login and password. If you do not know your password, email for assistance.

You must link your upgraded PACER account to your 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.

You will need both your upgraded PACER login and password, and your ECF login and password, for this process.

If you have not obtained your own PACER account, or if you have your own PACER account but you haven’t upgraded it, see the information in the column to the left on how to get your own account.

Instructions on how to link your accounts can be found here.


Questions regarding PACER accounts should be directed to the PACER Service Center:
(800) 676-6856
FAQs on PACER website:

NextGen & CM/ECF Account Help

Questions regarding NextGen CM/ECF should be directed to the court at or (919) 334-3850.


Beginning with NextGen on April 29, 2019, the court will no longer be able to delete docket entries. Since users will have the option to choose to either receive notices of electronic filing in a daily summary email or immediately with each filing, once a docket entry has been completed it cannot be removed.