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What's New for NextGen CM/ECF Users

On March 7, 2022, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee will upgrade its Case Management/Electronic Case Files System (CM/ECF) to the Next Generation of CM/ECF (NextGen).

NextGen requires attorney, trustee, and creditor filers to maintain a single login and password for e-filing access through PACER in all NextGen federal courts in which they have permission to e-file.

We encourage everyone who files electronically in our court to view the information below to prepare for conversion to NextGen.


Preparing for NextGen

1.  Each filer must have their own PACER account, which must be linked to their CM/ECF filing account after we have implemented NextGen on March 7, 2022.  Shared PACER accounts cannot be used by filers once we have upgraded to NextGen. The court is requesting that you do this now.

                Obtain your own individual PACER account

                "Getting Started" guide to setting up your individual PACER account (attorney filers)

                Step by Step Instructions for Registering for a New PACER Account

2.  Each filer must have an UPGRADED PACER ACCOUNT.  Accounts issued prior to August 11, 2014, must be upgraded.  If you already have your own PACER account, but it is not upgraded, the court is requesting that you upgrade it now.  See "How do I know if I have an upgraded PACER account?" under Frequently Asked Questions below.

                Upgrade your existing PACER account

                Step by Step Instructions for Upgrading your PACER account

3.  Each filer must know their current CM/ECF login and password.  Save this information in a place other than your internet browser.  If your web browser automatically fills in your CM/ECF account credentials, it will not work on March 7, 2022, after the court upgrades to NextGen.  Please make a note of your current CM/ECF login and password prior to March 7, 2022.

                Contact if you are a current ECF account holder and have forgotten your password.

4.  Each filer will need to link their PACER account to their CURRENT CM/ECF account. This must be completed on or after March 7, 2022, after the court goes live on NextGen CM/ECF.  You will not be able to file in NextGen until your CM/ECF account is linked to your upgraded individual PACER account.  This linkage cannot occur until after the court upgrades to NextGen on March 7, 2022.

Step by Step Instructions for Linking Your CM/ECF Account to your Upgraded PACER Account Note: Must be completed after the court goes live on NextGen CM/ECF on March 7, 2022.


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I have an upgraded PACER account?

Login to "Manage My Account" and check your "Account Type." It should indicate that you have an Upgraded PACER account.


My company or firm uses a shared PACER account. Can we continue to use that account?

All attorney, trustee, filing agent, and creditor filers must have individual PACER accounts to use for electronic filing in NextGen. Law firms may setup a PACER Administrative Account (PAA) to manage the billing for individual PACER accounts and access fees. Staff members who share a PACER account only for research can continue to share. NOTE: A PAA account is for firm account management and does not have access to case information.


For more Frequently Asked Questions visit PACER's website:

Additional information regarding NextGen can be found at

Questions regarding PACER accounts should be directed to the PACER Service Center.