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NextGen CM/ECF


The United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts will upgrade to the Next Generation of CM/ECF (NextGen) on September 20, 2021.

The NextGen system uses Central Sign-On (CSO) which allows lawyers (e-filers) to use one account across all NextGen courts (appellate, bankruptcy, and district). This means e-filers will be able to use one PACER login and password to access all NextGen courts where they have permission to file, as well as access PACER for all courts.

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts is also transitioning to Next Gen CM/ECF on September 20th, 2021. For more information on the bankruptcy court's transition timeline please click here.

NextGen CM/ECF Frequently Asked Questions

WARNING: If the steps below are not completed by September 20, 2021, you can expect delays on any filings you may need to make upon or after that date.

There will be additional steps to follow upon the implementation of NextGen, that will be posted on/after September 20, 2021.

Prepare for NextGen CM/ECF

Get ready for NextGen CM/ECF

Do you have your own PACER account?

If you do not have a PACER account, you will need to create one to view and/or file documents in CM/ECF. To Register in PACER, follow the steps below. Shared PACER accounts may no longer be used by CM/ECF users.

Follow the steps below or view the PDF version which includes helpful images.

  1. Open a web browser and navigate to

  2. Select Register for an Account from the menu bar.

  3. Click Attorney Filers or Non-attorney Filers and click Register for a PACER account.

  4. Enter the required information in the registration form (designated by a red asterisk "*"). In the User Type field, choose Individual or Attorney. If you work for a government agency, please make the appropriate selection under "Government Accounts" instead of selecting an individual or attorney account.

  5. Create a Username and Password and select Security Questions. Click Next.

  6. Enter payment information if desired. Providing a credit card is optional. If you would like to register without providing a credit card, click Next without entering any information on this screen.

    NOTE: If you submit your registration request without providing credit card information, you will not be able to immediately access PACER. You will receive an activation code by U.S. mail in 7-10 business days.

  7. Read and acknowledge the policies and procedures and click Submit.

  8. Your account has been created. You will link your accounts through CM/ECF on September 20, 2021.

  9. For questions, please contact PACER at 1-800-676-6856.

Have you upgraded your PACER account?

If you already have your own PACER account but it was created prior to August 11, 2014, you must upgrade it. Follow the instructions below to first determine if your account needs to be upgraded, then upgrade it.

Follow the steps below or view the PDF version which includes helpful images.

  1. Open a web browser and navigate to

  2. Click My Account and Billing, then Manage My Account Login. When prompted, enter your PACER username and password.

  3. Your account type may be listed as Legacy PACER Account. To upgrade, click the Upgrade link. If your account type is listed as Upgraded PACER Account, you already have an upgraded account and no action is required.

  4. You will be directed to the Upgrade PACER Account page. Verify your personal information and update/enter all required information in each tab (Person, Address, and Security).

    Person Tab: Verify the information listed in the required fields and update, if necessary. Enter your date of birth, and then from the User Type list, select a user type, if one was not previously selected. Select the user type that best describes the individual or organization associated with this account. The user type information is used for statistical purposes. Click Next.

    Address Tab: Verify and/or update the address information listed. From the County list, select your county. Click Next.

    Security Tab: Create a new username, password, and security questions. Click Submit.

  5. Your PACER account is now upgraded. A dialog box displays confirming the upgrade was successful. NOTE: You are no longer able to use your old PACER username and password.

  6. For questions, please contact PACER at 1-800-676-6856.

Would your firm benefit from a firm billing account (PACER administrative account)?

Firms can set up a PACER Administrative Account (PAA) to manage all their user accounts and have central billing for PACER access fees.

PACER Account Assistance

Questions regarding your PACER account or any of the steps listed above should be directed to the PACER Service Center at or 1-800-676-6856.

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