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The Next Generation of CM/ECF (NextGen) is Coming Soon!

What Is New For Attorneys In NextGen?


The United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois will be upgrading its CM/ECF system to the Next Generation of CM/ECF (NextGen) in late Summer 2021. This upgrade will provide Central Sign-On functionality, which allows attorneys to use one account to e-file in all NextGen courts (appellate, bankruptcy, and district) in which they practice, and to log in to PACER nationwide.


What should you do now to prepare for NextGen?


  1. Obtain your own PACER account.
    Each attorney MUST have their own individual PACER account before the court upgrades to NextGen. Shared PACER accounts cannot be used for filing once the court has upgraded.

    If you already have your own individual PACER account, proceed to step 2 to verify that it is an upgraded PACER account.

    If you do not already have your own PACER account, go to https://pacer.uscourts.gov/ and click on "Register for an Account."

    Firms may set up a PACER Administrative Account (PAA) to help manage attorney accounts and have those individual accounts centrally billed for PACER access fees. To register for a PACER Administrative Account, please visit https://pacer.uscourts.gov/registeraccount/ group-billing. For more information regarding PACER Administrative Accounts, visit https://pacer.uscourts.gov/help/pacer/pacer-administrative-account-user-manual.

  2. Upgrade your existing PACER account if it is a "Legacy" account.
    "Legacy" PACER accounts (accounts issued prior to August 11, 2014) must be upgraded before they can be used to e-file in NextGen CM/ECF courts. If your PACER username is 6 characters long, it is a "Legacy" account and must be upgraded. If your PACER username is at least 8 characters long, it is already an upgraded account.

    To upgrade your "Legacy" PACER account, go to https://pacer.uscourts.gov, click Manage Your Account, Manage My Account Login, and log in with your current PACER credentials. If the Account Type shows "Legacy," click the Upgrade link and enter the required information.

    For questions regarding your PACER account, contact the PACER Service by email at pacer@psc.uscourts.gov or by phone at 800-676-6856.

    Note to CJA Attorneys: CJA attorneys will only need one PACER account for filing and viewing in NextGen. If you have a separate exempt CJA account now, those exempt privileges will be added to your individual upgraded PACER account, and your current exempt account will be canceled. Contact the PACER Service Center for more information about moving your existing exempt privileges and for instructions on switching your exempt status when performing CJA work in current and NextGen CM/ECF courts.

  3. Make sure you know your CM/ECF login and password. Each attorney must know their current CM/ECF login and password used to e-file. This information will be used to configure central sign-on once the court converts to NextGen later this year. If this login information is saved in the web browser, it will be lost and not recoverable after the conversion to NextGen, so make note of it now.

    If you do not know your current CM/ECF password, please use the password reset feature on the CM/ECF login page at https://ecf.ilsd.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl to reset it.

    If you do not know your current login name, please contact the Clerk's Office by phone at 866-867-3169 (East St. Louis) or 866-222-2104 (Benton), or by email at ecfhelp@ilsd.uscourts.gov.



What Happents Next?


ON or AFTER the court's NextGen "go live" date, attorneys must link their existing CM/ECF account to their upgraded PACER account before logging in the first time. Attorneys will not be able to e-file in NextGen until this linkage has been completed. Instructions for linking these accounts will be provided closer to our "go live" date.


Questions about NextGen CM/ECF?


Frequently Asked Questions

For more information on the improvements and the upgrade process, please visit https://www.pacer.gov/nextgen.

For assistance with PACER accounts, contact the PACER Service Center by phone at 800-676- 6856, or by email at pacer@psc.uscourts.gov.

For assistance with an existing CM/ECF account, or for general questions, contact the Clerk's Office by phone at 866-867-3169 (East St. Louis) or 866-222-2104 (Benton), or by email at ecfhelp@ilsd.uscourts.gov.

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