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NextGen Information

About NextGen

The Federal Judiciary developed a Next Generation (NextGen) Case Management/ Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) system that allows attorneys to use the same account for both PACER and electronic filing access.  Attorneys will be required to use their individual PACER login and password for access to the electronic filing system in NextGen Courts.  The District Court for the District of Utah upgraded to NextGen on Feb. 3, 2020. All e-filing will need to be done by using the upgraded PACER account.

E-Filing with NextGen

1.  Confirm  you have an Upgraded PACER account; OR register for a new individual PACER account; OR upgrade your existing individual PACER account.

AFTER the court has upgraded to NextGen on Feb. 1, 2020, E-Filers (both full admission attorneys, and pro hac vice attorneys) must do the following in order to continue e-filing in the District of Utah:

2.  Link your PACER account to NextGen CM/ECF.

Frequently Asked Questions

           Most of your account information will now be updated through PACER. Your secondary email addresses, however, can be updated once you log into NextGen. Please see Maintain Your Central Sign-On Account for instructions.

  • How do I know if I have an upgraded PACER account?
    Upgraded PACER accounts have usernames that are at least 8 characters. 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.
  • My law firm uses a shared PACER account. Can we continue to use that account?
    The simple answer is No.  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 only for research can continue to share. NOTE: The PAA will not allow access to case information.
    Information regarding PACER Administrative Accounts
    Register for a PACER Administrative Account
  • I linked my account when the Court of Appeals converted. Do I have to link my account again?
    Yes, you will need to link your PACER account to your District Court CM/ECF account before you can file in District 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 on setting up a CJA PACER account and requesting the fee exemption.
  • I already have CJA filing privileges in another NextGen court. Is there anything else I need to do?
    Panel attorneys need to contact the PACER Service Center at (link sends e-mail) or by phone at 800-676-6856. Please provide your name, PACER username, and PACER account number. Request that CJA privileges for the District of Utah be added to your account.
    For additional information, please click here to view the PACER Overview for CJA Panel Attorneys.
  • How do I update the firm information and email addresses on my account?
    Most of your account information will now be updated through PACER. Your secondary email addresses, however, can be updated once you log into NextGen. Please see Maintain Your Central Sign-On Account for instructions.
  • I have a login with the 10th Circuit (or another NextGen court), will my login work automatically in District of Utah?
    Almost, but you will still need to follow the instructions above to 'Link your PACER account to NextGen CMECF' in the District of Utah (if you practice in the Utah Bankruptcy Court, you will need to do the same thing for the Bankruptcy Court).


For assistance with creating a PACER account, please contact PACER at 800-676-6856 or visit the PACER website at For assistance linking your account after the court transitions to NextGen on or after Feb 3, 2020, you may also contact the court at 801-524-6100 (Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mountain Time).