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NextGen Information

WHAT DO I DO TO GET READY FOR NEXTGEN CM/ECF?

The West Virginia Southern District is upgrading to NextGen CM/ECF on June 11, 2018, so to e-file after that date in the WVSD you will need an upgraded PACER account.

If you do not have an upgraded PACER account, click this link. Log in with your PACER username and password, and click on any of the options in the Settings tab. You will then be prompted to convert your account.

If you do not have a PACER account, click this link and complete the registration. If you need assistance choosing a registration option, use the Registration Wizard for help.

See the next question to determine if you have an upgraded PACER account.

You may also use the Existing Attorneys or PACER Only Users electronic learning module for a step-by-step guide on how to upgrade your account.

The easiest way to identify whether you have an upgraded account is:
  1. Upgraded PACER accounts have usernames with at least 8 characters. If your username is 6 characters, you do not have an upgraded account.
     
  2. Log in to Manage My Account and look for "Case Search Status Active."

    Case Search Status
     

  3. If your username is 8 characters or more, and you see Case Search Status Active after logging in to Manage My Account, you have an upgraded PACER account.

If you do not have an upgraded PACER account, click this link. Log in with your PACER username and password, and click on any of the options in the Settings tab. You will then be prompted to convert your account.

NOTE: When you log in to Manage My Account, it may say "Account Status Active." This indicates you have a PAA, which can only be used for billing purposes and not for case search access.

If the Case Search Status says "Inactive," contact the PACER Service Center for assistance at (800) 676-6856 between 8 AM and 6 PM CT Monday through Friday, or by email at pacer@psc.uscourts.gov.

To learn more about the PAA, review the PAA electronic learning module at pacer.gov.

Go to the Upgrade PACER Account page of Manage My Account and complete the upgrade process.

If you intend to e-file in the WVSD after June 11, 2018, you will be required to have your own PACER account because your PACER account will be linked to your e-filing account.

You must upgrade your PACER account before the WVSD converts to NextGen CM/ECF on June 11, 2018.

To learn more about upgrading your account, review the electronic learning modules for Existing Attorneys or PACER Only Users, and the Maintenance tab of Manage My Account.

Only e-filers are required to upgrade their accounts right now. However, you will need to upgrade your account in order to perform any maintenance functions outside of making a payment.

You should wait for the WVSD to convert to NextGen CM/ECF on June 11, 2018 before you proceed.

NOTE: Once the WVSD converts to NextGen, you will link your filing credentials (login and password) to your upgraded PACER account. You must know both sets of credentials to link the accounts. You should not rely on the browser to remember these credentials.

Click here to reset your PACER account password. If you have an old appellate e-filer account, click here to reset your password.

To recover an old e-filer password from the WVSD, you must contact the WVSD CM/ECF Help Desk at (304)-347-3111.

NOTE: When you reset your password, you must enter the email address that is on file at the PACER for the process to be successful.

Yes, there are several electronic learning modules (ELMs) that can help you learn more about the NextGen CM/ECF system.

The WVSD will convert to NextGen CM/ECF on Monday, June 11, 2018.

Check the CM/ECF links page. The page will show the word "NextGen" next to any court that has converted to NextGen CM/ECF.

IT IS AFTER JUNE 11, 2018 AND THE WVSD HAS ALREADY CONVERTED TO NEXTGEN CM/ECF. WHAT DO I DO?

You must link your old e-filing privileges to your new upgraded PACER account.

See the section of questions above to determine if you have an upgraded PACER account, and for links to upgrade if you have not done so already.

To learn more about upgrading your account, review the electronic learning modules for Existing Attorneys or PACER Only Users, and the Maintenance tab of Manage My Account.

Follow the instructions below to link your e-filing and PACER accounts.

Link PACER Account Credentials

  1. Make sure that you are logged out of PACER completely and close your browser.
     
  2. Open your browser and go to the CM/ECF website of the court where you are registered. If you do not have the web address, you can link to it from here.
     
  3. Click the CM/ECF Document Filing System link. At the login screen, log in with your upgraded PACER account credentials.
     
  4. Click Link my filer account to my PACER account.

    Link PACER Account
     

  5. Enter your old e-filing CM/ECF login and password to link your accounts.
     
  6. If successful, your CM/ECF e-filing account will now be linked to your upgraded PACER account and you will see the following screen.

    Upgraded Account
     

From this point forward, use your upgraded PACER account credentials to log in to file and/or view case information in any NextGen CM/ECF court.

If the linking process failed, please try again. Make sure your username is all lowercase. In addition, you may click here to reset your old e-filing password.

NOTE: If you are linking for someone else, be sure you know whose accounts you are linking because this process cannot be undone once you click Submit.

If the linking process does not work, you must log in with your upgraded PACER account and submit a new e-file request for the court:
  1. Log in to Manage My Account.
     
  2. Click the Maintenance tab.
     
  3. Click either Attorney Admissions/E-File Registration or Non-Attorney Admissions E-File Registration.

You will then need to wait for the court to process the request before e-filing privileges are activated.

To learn more about submitting a new e-file request, review the electronic learning module for the Manage My Account Maintenance tab.

You must log in with your upgraded PACER account and submit a new e-file request to the WVSD:
  1. Log in to Manage My Account.
     
  2. Click the Maintenance tab.
     
  3. Click either Attorney Admissions/E-File Registration or Non-Attorney Admissions E-File Registration.

You will then need to wait for the WVSD to process the request before e-filing privileges are activated.

To learn more about submitting a new e-file request, review the electronic learning module for the Manage My Account Maintenance tab.

Only e-filers are required to upgrade their accounts right now. However, you will need to upgrade your account in order to perform any maintenance functions outside of making a payment.

MY FIRM SHARED A PACER ACCOUNT. WHAT DO I DO?

While the Federal Judiciary does not recommend this practice, it is possible to share a PACER account if you are only viewing case information.

NOTE: Anyone with the username and password for this account can potentially update information (e.g., password) that could lock out other users who also share the account.

If you intend to e-file, you are required to have your own PACER account because your PACER account will be linked to your e-filing account.

Yes. The PACER Service Center offers the PACER Administrative Account (PAA), a consolidated billing and online account management process that allows groups to manage and pay for all charges associated with multiple PACER accounts.

To register for a PAA, click here. And for more information, you can use the PAA electronic learning module or read the PAA User Manual. You may also review the PAA tab of FAQs here.

NOTE: This account will not allow you to log in to access case information. It only allows you to manage your billing.

I AM A CJA ATTORNEY. WHAT DO I DO?

If you have two PACER accounts, contact the PACER Service Center at (800)-676-6856 for additional information.