NextGen CM/ECF

The United States District Court for the Central District of California will be upgrading its CM/ECF software to the Next Generation ("NextGen") of CM/ECF on February 18, 2020. NextGen is the culmination of a multi-year project headed by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts to provide for the current and future filing and case management needs of all CM/ECF users.

Central Sign-On is a new functionality that will allow attorneys and pro se parties with permission to electronically file ("E-Filers") to maintain one account across all NextGen courts (appellate, bankruptcy, and district). What this means is that E-filers will be able to use one login and password to access all NextGen courts where they have permission to file, as well as to access PACER for all courts.

E-filers who fail to prepare as described below will be unable to access the electronic filing system after February 17, 2020.

Steps to Take on or BEFORE February 18, 2020

Step 1: Obtain your own individual PACER account -- as opposed to a shared account that your whole firm or office uses -- if you do not already have one. Register for a new PACER account by clicking the following link:

Step 2: If you already have your own individual PACER account, determine whether it is an "upgraded" account or a "legacy" account. Go to for instructions on making this determination.

If you have a legacy account, you must upgrade your account before you can electronically file in a NextGen court. To upgrade your account, click on the following link: (NOTE: DO NOT upgrade a shared PACER account. Shared PACER accounts cannot be used by e-filers once the court has upgraded.)

Step 3: Make sure you know your current CM/ECF login and password. These are the credentials that you are currently using to e-file in this court, which were issued by this court. If you do not know your current CM/ECF login and password, do the following:

Steps to Take on or AFTER February 18, 2020

Once the court goes live on NextGen on February 18, 2020, you must link your upgraded PACER account to your CM/ECF account before you can e-file in this court. The court will notify you once we are live, so you can link your accounts. Instructions will be provided at that time.

Not sure if you're ready for NextGen? Check out this Flow chart!


Frequently Asked Questions

Please visit the PACER website for answers to the most commonly asked questions about the transition to NextGen:  Answers to a few additional questions are set forth below.

  • I linked my account when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals converted. Will I have to link my account again?

Yes. After the district court upgrades on February 18, 2020, you will need to link your PACER account to your district court CM/ECF account before you can e-file in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The court will send out instructions for linking accounts closer to the February 18, 2020 transition date.

  • What happens to my CM/ECF account after the court transitions to NextGen?

After the court upgrades to NextGen, you will link your current CM/ECF account to your PACER account. After the accounts are linked, you will no longer use your CM/ECF username or password.

  • I am a CJA attorney and I currently have two PACER accounts. Will I continue to need two accounts with NextGen?

CJA attorneys will only need one PACER account for filing and viewing in CM/ECF 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. Please visit (look for the "Activating CJA Privileges" and "CJA Exempt Status Instructions" Electronic Learning Modules) for more details.

  • How do I continue to file in other courts that are not on NextGen?

You will continue to use the CM/ECF login and password issued to you by an individual court to electronically file in that court's CM/ECF system.



NextGen CM/ECF Public Notices

December 2019

July 2019

For assistance with creating a PACER account, please contact PACER at 1-800-676-6856 or visit the PACER website at

For NextGen CM/ECF Electronic Learning Modules please visit