On March 30, 2020, the Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia implemented a new version of the Case Management/Electronic Case Filing (CM/ECF) System. The new system is titled "NextGen". NextGen simplifies electronic filing by combining CM/ECF and PACER accounts into a single account. Through the PACER website, filers use one login and password to electronically file in all NextGen courts where they have permission to file.
Note: Not all courts have implemented NextGen. Filers in courts that have not converted to NextGen must continue to use that court's CM/ECF login and password until they implement NextGen. To see the current status for courts, click here.
The Federal Judiciary is implementing a nationwide centralized attorney admissions and e-filing registration process. For helpful information on attorney registration, click here.
A "Filing Agent" is a user that can file on behalf of attorneys or trustees. All filing agents must have their own upgraded PACER account and may be linked to multiple attorneys and trustees. Filing agents have the same access and permissions as the attorney or trustee; however, when they use their login and password, the attorneys' or trustees' name appears in the docket text as the filer.
Filing Agents may receive email notification, but only if the attorney or trustee enters the filing agent's email address in the attorney's CM/ECF Maintain User Account.
A "Non-Attorney Filer" is a user that has limited filing privileges, such as creditors, trustees, U.S. Trustees, court reporters and other parties who are not attorneys. If the selected court does not allow a specific type of non-attorney filer, e.g. pro se, then you will not be able to register for filing privileges at that court. For information on Non-Attorney registration, click here.
The PACER Service Center has developed a consolidated billing and online account process for groups to manage and pay for all charges associated with multiple PACER accounts. For information on a PACER Administrative Account (PAA) click here.
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