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NextGen CM/ECF Information  

What's New for NextGen CM/ECF Users

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Wisconsin has upgraded their Case Management/Electronic Case Filing System (CM/ECF) to the Next Generation of CM/ECF (NextGen). NextGen allows you to maintain a single login and password for PACER access and e-filing in all NextGen federal courts in which you have permission to e-file. 

Additional information regarding NextGen can be found at


Individual PACER Accounts

Each filer must have their own PACER account, which is linked to your CM/ECF filing account.  Shared PACER accounts cannot be used by filing attorneys once we have upgraded. 

Each filer must have an UPGRADED PACER account to link CM/ECF and PACER.  If you already have your own PACER account, but it is not upgraded, please upgrade it now.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I have an upgraded PACER account?
Upgraded PACER accounts have usernames that are at least 8 characters. If your username is 6 characters, you do not have an upgraded account.

My law firm uses a shared PACER account. Can we continue to use that account?
Each attorney must have an individual PACER account to use for electronic filing in NextGen. The law firm can create a PACER Administrative Account (PAA) to manage the billing for all of the individual accounts. Staff members who share a PACER account only for research can continue to share. NOTE: The PAA will not allow access to case information.

A Note to Firms:  Firms may set up a PACER Administrative Account to help manage attorney accounts and have them centrally billed for filing and PACER access fees.  Complete information regarding PACER Administrative Accounts (PAAs) can be found here: .  Click here to register for a PAA Account: