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What Can I Do Now ?

Before the Court goes live on NextGen CM/ECF, there are tasks you can and should complete to prevent an e-filing delay on our Go Live Date of June 24, 2019.

  • Logging into CM/ECF has changed. Electronic Filers must upgrade existing PACER accounts and use the upgraded accounts to log into NextGen CM/ECF.
  • Each e-filer must have an individual, upgraded PACER account. A firmwide or shared account may still be used to perform case research in PACER, but cannot be used to file electronically in NextGen CM/ECF. An e-filer who has been using a shared PACER account to file in the Western District of New York Bankruptcy Court must create a new, upgraded PACER account.

Note: A PACER account created on or after August 11, 2014 is an upgraded PACER account, which is compatible with NextGen CM/ECF.


  Step 1

Get your own individual PACER account.

Every e-filer MUST have their own PACER account, which will be linked to their CM/ECF filing account after NextGen implemention. E-filers will not be able to use shared PACER accounts.

**Please note that if you do not supply a credit card when registering for a new PACER account, there will be a delay in the activation of your account.  For immediate access to court records, provide a credit card during registration. If you do not provide a credit card, an activation code will be sent by U.S. mail to the address you provided on the registration form. Please allow 7-10 business days for mail delivery. For security reasons, activation codes cannot be emailed, faxed, or given over the phone.

Click here to Register for a new PACER Account | Instructions (.pdf)

If you already have your own PACER account, go to Step 2.

  Step 2

Upgrade your current PACER account.

  • If you have your own individual PACER account that was created prior to August 11, 2014 (aka legacy account), you must upgrade your account before you can electronically file in a NextGen CM/ECF court.  Click here to Upgrade your PACER Account  |   Instructions (.pdf)

   After upgrading your PACER account, it may be necessary to update your default
   PACER account.   If you cannot use PACER after upgrading, please follow these
   Instructions (.pdf).   Click here to Update your Default PACER Account

  • If you do not have your own individual PACER account (i.e. if you share a PACER account with others in your firm), refer to the instructions above in Step 1 to register for a new PACER account.
  • If you already have an Upgraded PACER account, you are ready for NextGen CM/ECF.