On October 1, 2018, the Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Washington will implement a new version of the Case Management/Electronic Case Filing (CM/ECF) System. The new system is titled "NextGen". NextGen simplifies electronic filing by combining CM/ECF and PACER accounts into a single account. Through the PACER website, filers will use one login and password to electronically file in all NextGen courts where they have permission to file.
- Before October 1, 2018, filers must upgrade their existing PACER account if they have not already done so, or register for a new PACER account if needed. Electronic filers must have their own PACER account. Shared PACER accounts will not work with NextGen. (Please see "Filing Agents" below.) Please note, PACER accounts created after August 11, 2014, are already upgraded accounts.
- Beginning October 1, 2018, When the court implements NextGen, filers must link their CM/ECF login accounts to their PACER account to file documents electronically. Filers must have their CM/ECF login and password to input them manually. Passwords saved in browsers will not work. To reset a password, a filer should contact the clerk's office at (509) 458-5300 prior to October 1st.
Note: Not all courts have implemented NextGen. Filers in courts that have not converted to NextGen must continue to use that court's CM/ECF login and password until they implement NextGen. To see the current status for courts, click here.
The Federal Judiciary is implementing a nationwide centralized attorney admissions and e-filing registration process. For helpful information on attorney registration, click here.
A "Filing Agent" is a user that can file on behalf of attorneys or trustees. All filing agents must have their own upgraded PACER account and may be linked to multiple attorneys and trustees. The filing agent will have the same access and permissions as the attorney or trustee; however, when the filing agent uses their login and password, the attorneys' or trustees' name will appear in the docket text as the filer.
Filing Agents may receive email notification, but only if the attorney or trustee enters the filing agent's email address in the attorney's CM/ECF Maintain User Account. For information on filing agents, click here.
A "Non-Attorney Filer" is a user that has limited filing privileges, such as creditors, trustees, U.S. Trustees, court reporters and other parties who are not attorneys. If the selected court does not allow a specific type of non-attorney filer, e.g. pro se, then you will not be able to register for filing privileges at that court. For information on Non-Attorney registration, click here.
The PACER Service Center has developed a consolidated billing and online account process for groups to manage and pay for all charges associated with multiple PACER accounts. For information on a PACER Administrative Account (PAA) click here.