Migration to CM/ECF NextGen – ACTION REQUIRED!
The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Georgia will migrate to NextGen CM/ECF in October 2021. We will be live on NextGen on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at 8:30 AM. Please visit this page regularly for important information and required action.
What is NextGen, Why the Migration, and Frequently Asked Questions
NextGen is a filing system fully integrated with PACER. The two systems are linked by a module called Central Sign-On, which provides public electronic filers to sign in to any NextGen court using one login and password. No more individual CM/ECF logins for each court!
- As of June 15, 2021, there are 137 courts live on NextGen, and another 51 courts are scheduled to go live. By early 2022, all federal courts will be live on NextGen.
- Shared PACER accounts may not be used once a court has migrated to NextGen. Each individual user must have his/her own PACER account, including filing agents.
- Over the coming weeks, information will be provided about:
- The need for individual PACER accounts;
- How to determine if you have an upgraded PACER account (which is required for NextGen) and, if not, how to upgrade the account type;
- How to use filing agents in Georgia Southern Bankruptcy Court (GASB); and
- How to link your PACER account and login once the migration to NextGen is complete.
If you are an e-filer in a court that is already live on NextGen (i.e., 11th Circuit Court of Appeals or Southern District of Georgia District Court) you already completed the necessary steps to upgrade your PACER account, so some of the work is already done.
NextGen Frequently Asked Questions (this link will take you to the NextGen Training FAQ page of the PACER Service Center).
What You Should Do Now
- You must have your own individual PACER account. If you do not have a PACER account, you must register for one at www.pacer.uscourts.gov before the Court upgrades to NextGen. Shared PACER accounts cannot be used for filing once the Court has upgraded.
- You must have an upgraded PACER account. A key feature of NextGen is the new log on module that allows you to use your PACER account login information to access any NextGen court. This module requires that you have an upgraded PACER account. PACER accounts created after August 2014 are already upgraded. To upgrade your PACER account or to check to see if it has already been upgraded, follow these instructions:
- You must know your current CM/ECF login and password. If your login information is stored in your browser it will be lost and not recoverable. Once the Court upgrades, you must link your existing CM/ECF account(s) to your upgraded PACER account(s) for Central Sign-On. If you do not know your CM/ECF login or password, please use the password reset feature from the CM/ECF login page at: https://ecf.gasb.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/lostPassword.pl.
- Does your firm need a Firm Billing Account (also known as a PACER Administrative Account)?
Firms can set up a PACER Administrative Account (PAA) to manage all of their user accounts and have central billing for PACER access fees.
What You Should Do After Go-Live (10/12/2021 at 8:30 am)
- You must link your upgraded PACER account to your GASB NextGen CM/ECF Account. Users will NOT be able to file in NextGen until their CM/ECF accounts are linked to their upgraded individual PACER accounts.
The Southern District of Georgia Bankruptcy Court will host an online training session for attorneys, trustees, filing agents, and limited filers on Thursday, August 26, 2021 at 2:00 PM. Pre-registration is required; each attendee must register. To register, please email Courtney Neibel at email@example.com or call (912) 650-4107. After registration, the attendee will receive the information to attend the meeting, which will be hosted using Microsoft TEAMS.
There are several Electronic Learning Modules (ELMs) available at: https://pacer.uscourts.gov/help/.
Questions or Need More Information?
For more information on the improvements and the upgrade process, please visit https://pacer.uscourts.gov/file-case/get-ready-nextgen-cmecf. Questions can be directed to the Court’s helpdesk at 912-650-4100.