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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 upgraded 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.  Shared PACER accounts can no longer be used by filers.

                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, follow these steps to upgrade your account:

                Upgrade your existing PACER account

                Step by Step Instructions for Upgrading your PACER account

3.  Each filer will need to link their PACER account to their CURRENT CM/ECF account You will not be able to file in NextGen until your CM/ECF account is linked to your upgraded individual PACER account.  You will need to know your current PACER and CM/ECF usernames and passwords to complete the linkage.

Step by Step Instructions for Linking Your CM/ECF Account to your Upgraded PACER Account

NextGen Training Video

Click Here to Watch a Pre-Recorded NextGen Conversion Video.

Frequently Asked Questions

Central Sign On FAQs


PACER Registration FAQs

PACER Group Billing/PACER Administrative Account FAQs

Additional information regarding NextGen can be found at

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