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CM/ECF NextGen Information


In the months ahead, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio will be upgrading its Case Management/Electronic Case Filing System (CM/ECF) to the Next Generation of CM/ECF (NextGen). This upgrade will provide users with several benefits including Central Sign-On, which allows e-filing attorneys to use one PACER login and password to access any NextGen court (district, appellate and bankruptcy) in which they practice. The Northern District of Ohio plans to upgrade to NextGen on February 10, 2020.



1. Obtain Your Own PACER Account.  Attorneys are being asked to prepare for the NextGen implementation now by obtaining their own PACER account. Each filer's PACER account willbe linked to their CM/ECF filing account once the court has implemented NextGen. Shared PACER accounts will no longer be useable once the court has upgraded.  Each filer must have their own individual PACER account. Register for a PACER account. If you already have your own PACER account, then proceed to Step 2.

A note to firms:  Firms may set up a PACER Administrative Account to help manage attorney accounts and have them centrally billed for filing and PACER access fees.  Complete information regarding PACER Administrative Accounts (PAAs) can be found here: .  Click here to register for a PAA Account:


2.  Upgrade Your Existing PACER Account. If you have your own individual PACER account and it was created prior to August 11, 2014 (also known as a Legacy account), you must upgrade your account before you can electronically file in a NextGen court.  Instructions for upgrading your PACER account. After reviewing the above instructions, click here to manage your account:

Important Note to CJA Panel Memebers:   We recommend CJA attorneys NOT upgrade their PACER accounts until closer to the NextGen implementation date. Upgrading prior to that time will create more steps for you in your exempt CJA attorney role. Upgrading a few days before or immediately after the implementation date will ensure minimal impact. After the NextGen implementation, your single Central Sign-On account will accommodate you in both roles - as a CJA and non-CJA attorney. Instructions will be posted on the court's website prior to the NextGen upgrade and a link to those instructions will be sent to all CJA panel attorneys.

The PACER Service Center has created an electronic learning module specifically for CJA counsel:  PACER CJA ELM (works best with Internet Explorer)

Questions regarding Individual PACER accounts should be directed to PACER at or by calling (800) 676-6856.  Answers to frequently asked questions may be found at

Preparing for NextGen - PACER USERS


3.  Make Note of the CM/ECF Login User ID and Password Which You are Currently Using.  Do not rely upon your login information being saved in your web browser.  It will be lost and not recoverable once the court goes live with NextGen. If you do not know your current login and/or password, you can retrieve that information at Lost ECF User ID and Lost ECF Password. If the self-help links do not resolve the problem, please call the Clerk's Office Help Desk at 1-800-355-8498.




You will be notified of the exact date for the implementation of NextGen as soon as it is confirmed.  ON or AFTER the Court’s GO LIVE date for NextGen, you must link your upgraded PACER account to your current CM/ECF account. Linking instructions will be provided closer to the Go-Live date.



Step-by-Step instructions for registering for a new individual PACER account

Step-by-Step instructions for upgrading an existing legacy PACER account

Step-by-Step instructions for linking an upgraded PACER account to a NextGenCM/ECF account

CJA Exempt Status Instructions

Step-by-Step Instructions for Activating CJA Privileges (Existing CJA Attorney with a PACER Exempt Account, Newly Appointed CJA Attorney with an Existing PACER Account and/or Newly Appointed CJA Attorney with No PACER Account)




     Attorney Admission - Requesting Admission to Practice

     Attorney Admission - Registering for Electronic Filing for Attorneys Previously Admitted in Ohio Northern & Federal Government Attorneys




Cleveland: 1-800-355-8498

Akron: 330-252-6000

Toledo: 419-213-5500

Youngstown: 330-884-7400





Phone:  (800) 676-6856