For the public and external users only

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has gone live with the Next Generation of CM/ECF (NextGen CM/ECF). This was a preliminary step towards the nationwide goal of e-filers using just one username and password to file in all federal courts. There will be a lengthy transition time before we reach that goal, however, and currently only the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Ninth Circuit are live with the NextGen CM/ECF system.  


If you have an e-filing account in the 9th Circuit, it is mandatory for you to complete all of the steps below in order to e-file with the 9th Circuit.  


1.  You must have an individual, upgraded PACER account.


a.  If you have an individual PACER account, it must be upgraded.  View instructions to upgrade here.  

b.  If your office has a shared PACER account, each person who e-files with the 9th Circuit must register for a new individual PACER account.  To sign up for a new PACER account, view instructions here.  Your office's shared PACER account will continue to work, but each e-filer will need an individual PACER account.  


2.  Then, link your individual PACER account to your 9th Circuit e-filing account.  If you already have a 9th Circuit e-filing account, view instructions here.  If you are new to e-filing in the 9th Circuit, view instructions here.



3.  Once you have completed steps #1 and #2, you will use your PACER account to e-file in the 9th Circuit.  You will no longer need to remember your 9th Circuit Appellate ECF account username and password.


NextGen CM/ECF will have a new user interface for our public filers, which will be more modern and easy to use.  For 5 highlights of the new user interface, click here


After your PACER and 9th Circuit e-filing accounts are linked, check the contact information the court has on file for you.  The linking process does not update any of the data on file at the court.

  1. Log in to 9th Circuit CM/ECF here.
  2. In the menu bar on CM/ECF, click Utilities > Update My Account.
  3. To update your information, click the Edit My Information button to open the PACER page where you can initiate the update(s) in our court.  If the contact information listed on PACER is correct, you may need to update it twice (once to bad information and then back to the good.)


For training to walk you through the linking process and help you understand some of the changes in NextGen CM/ECF, go here.



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