In 2019, the US Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia will begin the process of upgrading its Case Management/Electronic Case Filing System (CM/ECF) to the Next Generation of CM/ECF (NextGen). This upgrade will allow electronic filers to use Central Sign-on: the ability for e-filing attorneys to access any NextGen court they practice within using one login and password.
To prepare for this transition, please follow the following steps. Your PACER Account will be your login (entry point) for both PACER and CM/ECF; therefore, you MUST have your own Individual PACER Account.
Follow steps 1 through 3 below prior to Courts Go Live Date.
If you do not already have one, obtain your own individual PACER account. If you already have your own PACER account, then go to Step 2. Register for a new PACER account by clicking here: https://pacer.psc.uscourts.gov/pscof/regWizard.jsf
For instructions on how to register, click HERE.
NOTE: Shared PACER accounts cannot be used by filing attorneys once the court has upgraded.
If you already have your own individual PACER account and it was created prior to August 1, 2014, you must upgrade your account before you can electronically file in a NextGen court. Upgrade your current PACER account by clicking here: https://www.pacer.gov/nextgen/
For instructions on how to upgrade your current PACER account, click HERE.
For more detailed instructions on the PACER upgrade process please refer to the learning module below (a PDF copy has been included for your convenience).
Note your current CM/ECF login and password. This is the login and password you are currently using to log into CM/ECF. If you do not know your password, please contact our Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your full name, CM/ECF user name and primary CM/ECF email address in your correspondence. Or call (540) 857-2391.
STOP! DO NOT COMPLETE STEP 4 UNTIL Courts Go-Live date!
On Courts Go-Live date, you must link your upgraded PACER account to your VAWB NextGen CM/ECF account. To link your PACER and CM/ECF accounts click here:
For instructions on how to link your accounts, click HERE.
NOTE: You will NOT be able to file in NextGen until your CM/ECF account is linked to your upgraded, individual PACER account.
Firms may set up a PACER Administrative Account (PAA) to help manage user accounts and have those individual accounts centrally billed for PACER access fees.