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NextGen Information

Why NextGen?

NextGen CM/ECF will simplify that process by combining all your CM/ECF and PACER accounts into a single “Central Sign-On” account. You will no longer need a separate CM/ECF account for each NextGen court. Your Central Sign-On account will permit you to both view documents through PACER and to electronically file documents through the CM/ECF systems of the NextGen courts where you have permission to file (District, Bankruptcy and Appellate).

When are the Go-Live dates?

Arkansas Bankruptcy Court will implement NextGen CM/ECF for the Eastern and Western District on March 29, 2021.

Action Required

If you obtained your individual PACER account before August 11, 2014 you will need to upgrade your account.        

Do you share a PACER account or have a shared Firm PACER account?

You must obtain your own individual PACER account before the NextGen go-live date. Shared PACER accounts will not work with NextGen. Go to and click on the REGISTER for New Account tab to create a new individual account.

What is a PACER Administrative Accounts (PAA)

PACER offers a PAA to centralize PACER billing for multiple attorneys in a single firm. To register for a PAA, please visit: Attorneys with a PAA account still must have an individual account.


On or After the NextGen Go-Live Date

LINK your CM/ECF account(s) with your upgraded individual PACER account. On or after the NextGen go-live date you must link your CM/ECF and PACER accounts. Linking is a one-time process that can be completed once the court is live on NextGen CM/ECF. Failure to link your CM/ECF account(s) with your upgraded individual PACER account will prevent you from filing electronically after NextGen goes live.

On or after the NextGen go-live date, link your court issued CM/ECF account and your upgraded PACER account by going to the court’s CM/ECF site and clicking the “Efiling CM/ECF” link. You will be automatically redirected to PACER to complete this process.Link your Arkansas Bankruptcy account at: or

  • Log in with your individual upgraded PACER user name and password.
  • Click Utilities, then click “Link a CM/ECF account to my PACER account.”
  • Enter your current CM/ECF credentials in the CM/ECF login and CM/ECF password fields. Click “Submit.” Verify that the CM/ECF account and PACER account listed are accurate. If so, click “Submit.”
  • After the court reviews and approves your request, you will receive an email stating that your account has been linked.
  • You have successfully linked your account. You will now use only your PACER account to access both PACER and CM/ECF for this court.

Do you practice in multiple Federal Courts?

If you practice in more than one Federal Court you must link each of those CM/ECF accounts with your one upgraded PACER account as each court adopts NextGen over the coming months. See a list of NextGen courts at

How will I access PACER and NextGen CM/ECF?

After NextGen goes live you will go to the PACER website and use your Central Sign-On account to view dockets through PACER and also to file electronically in courts using the NextGen CM/ECF system. Not all courts will adopt NextGen at the same time. Until a court does adopt NextGen you will continue to access that court’s legacy CM/ECF system through their local website using the account information issued by that court. See a list of NextGen courts at

After NextGen goes live, who do I contact for help with my account?

After NextGen goes live all account maintenance requests will be handled by the PACER service center. You will need your PACER account number when contacting PACER.

On the web at, Email the PACER service center at, Call PACER at (800) 676-6856.