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NextGen CM/ECF


On March 1, 2021, the Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin 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: the ability for e-filing attorneys and limited filers to access any NextGen court to which they are admitted using one login and password.

To prepare for the upgraded system, you must take a few preliminary steps. Your PACER Account will be your login entry point for both PACER and CM/ECF. Therefore, you MUST have your own Individual PACER Account.

NOTE: Shared PACER accounts cannot be used by filing attorneys once the court has upgraded.


Follow steps 1 through 3 below prior to March 1, 2021.


Obtain your own individual PACER account, if you do not already have one. Register for a new PACER account by click here: Please see the How-To Section below for step-by-step instructions on creating an account.

If you already have your own PACER account, then go to Step 2.


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.

Please see the How-To Section below for more information on upgrading your PACER account.


Note your current CM/ECF login and password for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. This is the login and password you are currently using to file in our district. If you do not know your password, please use the "Forgot Your Password?" feature on the CM/ECF login page, or e-mail to have your password reset.



Upon Go-Live (March 1, 2021), you must link your upgraded PACER account to your WIEB NextGen CM/ECF account. Users will NOT be able to file in NextGen until their CM/ECF account is linked to their upgraded individual PACER account.

Please see the How-To Section below for more information on linking your PACER and CM/ECF accounts.

Central Billing

Firms may set up a PACER Administrative Account (PAA) to help manage user accounts and have those individual accounts centrally billed for PACER access fees. Please see the How-To Section below for more information on registering for a PAA.

How-To Section

How to register for a new Individual PACER Account (PDF) Only to be used if you currently have a filing account in our district
How to upgrade your current PACER Account (PDF)
How to register for a new PACER Administrative Account (PAA) (PDF)
Link your PACER & CM/ECF Accounts (PDF) Users cannot link before March 1, 2021
Guidance for Filing Agents (PDF) Guidance applicable to support staff for trustees - includes information on linking accounts

NextGen Letters

Letter to External Filers

Guidance for Trustees

Update to Judge/Trustee Assignment For Attorney Filers

Post Migration Instruction Sets

The following lists of instructions are to be used after our migration has been completed on 3/1/2021. These instructions pertain to users who either a) do not currently have a PACER account, and/or b) do not currently have a filing account for our district.

Attorney Registration
Creditor/Limited Filer Registration
Financial Management Course Provider Registration
Pro Hac Vice Registration Please review the Pro Hac Vice guidance on our website