NextGen Information

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 Northern District of Georgia plans to implement NextGen on April 15, 2019.  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.

Preparing for NextGen

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

  1. Obtain your own individual PACER account or upgrade your existing individual PACER account.
  2. Know your current CM/ECF login and password (if unknown, reset password).
  3. After the court installs NextGen - Link your PACER account with CM/ECF.

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 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 the Court is live on NextGen, you must link your PACER account to your Northern District of Georgia District Court CM/ECF 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. Click here for instructions and more information on CJA accounts.


For assistance with creating a PACER account, please contact PACER at 1-800-676-6856 or visit the PACER website at  To view NextGen CM/ECF electronic learning modules, click here

For assistance with your current CM/ECF login and password or linking your account after the Court transitions, contact the Court at 404-215-1600 Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Eastern Time.