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NextGen Information

Preparing for NextGen

Preparing for NextGen

E-filers must do the following in order to file in NextGen:

  1. Obtain your own individual PACER account (link is external) or upgrade your existing individual PACER account (link is external). Please follow these instructions.
  2. Know your current FLSD CM/ECF login and password (if unknown, reset password).
  3. After the court installs NextGen on January 27, 2020 - Link your PACER account with CM/ECF. Please follow these instructions

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I know if I have an upgraded PACER account?
    Upgraded PACER accounts have usernames that are at least 8 characters. You may have upgraded your PACER account recently if you practice before another court that already has migrated to NextGen, such as the Eleventh Circuit. If your username is 6 characters, you do not have an upgraded account. Go to https://www.pacer.gov/ and click on Manage My Account to upgrade your PACER account.
  • 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 to file in this Court.
  • My law firm uses a shared PACER account. Can we continue to use that account?
    Not for e-filing. Each attorney must have an individual PACER account to use for electronic filing in NextGen. The law firm can create a PACER Administrative Account (PAA) to manage the billing for all of the individual accounts. Staff members who share a PACER account for read-only access may continue to share an account.
  • I linked my account when the Court of Appeals or another District or Bankruptcy Court converted. Do I have to link my account again?
    Yes, once Florida Southern District Court is live on NextGen, you must link your PACER account to your Southern District of Florida District Court CM/ECF filing account before you can file in this Court.
  • 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.

About NextGen

About NextGen

The Federal Judiciary has developed a Next Generation (NextGen) Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) system that will allow attorneys to use the same account for both PACER and electronic filing access. The District Court for the Southern District of Florida plans to implement NextGen on January 27, 2020. The username and password that an e-filer currently uses to access the Court's CM/ECF system will not work with NextGen.  Instead, an e-filer will be required to use an individual PACER login and password for access to the electronic filing system.

What Is New For Attorneys In NextGen:

Central Sign-On allows attorneys to maintain one account across all NextGen courts (appellate, bankruptcy, and district). What this means is that attorneys 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. 

Notices

Notices

Please check this page often for the most recent information for the Southern District of Florida's migration to NextGen.

Help

Help

For assistance with creating a PACER account, please contact PACER at 1-800-676-6856 or visit the PACER website at https://www.pacer.gov/.

For assistance with your current CM/ECF login and password or linking your account after the Court transitions, contact the Court’s CM/ECF Help Desk at 888-318-2260, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern time), Monday through Friday, excluding Federal Holidays.