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NextGen CM/ECF Information  

What's New for NextGen CM/ECF Users

On March 30, 2020, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Wisconsin will upgrade 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


Preparing for NextGen

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

Each filer may need to UPGRADE their PACER account.  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: