CM/ECF will be shut down and unavailable to public users from 1:00 p.m. (Central time), on Friday, April 9, through 8:00 a.m. (Central time), on Monday, April 12, while CM/ECF is upgraded from CurrentGen CM/ECF to NextGen CM/ECF. Public users will be able to manually file documents in the Clerk’s Office on Friday afternoon. Otherwise, public users will be unable to access CM/ECF to look at documents, view docket sheets, or electronically file any documents during this time.
Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) is the comprehensive system used by federal courts to store electronic civil and criminal case files and offer electronic filing. CurrentGen CM/ECF requires attorneys and pro se filers to maintain a PACER account to access documents and information stored in CM/ECF and separate additional CM/ECF user accounts to electronically file documents in different federal courts. Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) is the public access service which allows users to remotely access documents and other case information stored in any federal court as soon as the documents or other case information is entered into the local court’s CM/ECF system.
On April 12, 2021, this district court will transition from CurrentGen CM/ECF to NextGen CM/ECF, the latest iteration of CM/ECF. Many federal courts have already made this transition, including the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and several regional district courts and bankruptcy courts. This transition to NextGen CM/ECF will allow attorneys and pro se filers to maintain just one account to access documents and other information stored in CM/ECF and electronically file documents in different federal courts. This is known as Central Sign-On.
Central Sign On (CSO) requires attorneys and pro se filers to upgrade their PACER accounts now and link their CM/ECF user accounts to their upgraded PACER accounts after April 12, 2021. Once their accounts are linked, attorneys and pro se filers who are logged into NextGen CM/ECF will not notice any differences when it comes to electronically filing documents in our district court. NextGen does allow for attorney admissions, however, our district court will not be utilizing NextGen for attorney admissions at this time.
The following are NextGen CM/ECF resources related to upgrading and linking accounts, exempt account usage by Criminal Justice Act (CJA) panel attorneys, setting up PACER administrative accounts (PAAs) to manage and pay access fees associated with multiple PACER accounts, and more:
NEXTGEN CM/ECF RESOURCES
- Upgrading your PACER Account
- Activating CJA Privileges
- CJA Exempt Status Instructions
- CJA Navigating Between Courts
- PACER Administrative Account (PAA) Manual
- PACER Administration Account (PAA) Basics
- PACER User Manual
- NextGen CM/ECF Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- January 2021 Attorney Newsletter
- February 2021 Attorney Newsletter
- March 2021 Attorney Newsletter
- April 2021 Attorney Newsletter
For more information about NextGen CM/ECF:
Contact the local NextGen CM/ECF Helpline at 605-357-2482
Contact the PACER Service Center at 1-800-676-6856