In September 2021, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Hawaii upgraded our Case Management/Electronic Case Filing System (CM/ECF) to the Next Generation of CM/ECF (NextGen). NextGen simplifies electronic filing by combining ECF and PACER accounts into a single account.
Benefits of NextGen for the CM/ECF Filer
NextGen simplifies electronic filing by combining your CM/ECF and PACER accounts into a single Central Sign-On account. Through the PACER website, this single Central Sign-On account gives registered filers access to view documents in PACER and electronically file in all NextGen courts in which they have permission to file. Click here to access the PACER website.
For more information on the improvements and the upgrade process, including several Electronic Learning Modules, please visit https://pacer.uscourts.gov/file-case/get-ready-nextgen-cmecf.
CM/ECF Filers: What to do after NextGen is installed on September 7, 2021
Filers must obtain their own PACER account or upgrade an existing individual PACER account. Your PACER account is your login to CM/ECF, and therefore you MUST have your own individual PACER account. You will not be able to use shared PACER accounts. Please click the PACER link below for more information regarding how to upgrade your existing PACER account or how to register for a new PACER account. After September 7th, you must then link your PACER account to your current CM/ECF account. Linking instructions can be found within the PACER tab below.
Register for PACER
If you do not have an individual PACER account, you will need to register for a new account with PACER. Each attorney/limited user must have his/her own individual PACER account. Shared PACER accounts will no longer be useable once the court has upgraded to NextGen.
Upgrade Your Existing PACER Account
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. Click here to view instructions on how to Upgrade your Existing PACER Account.
Link Your Existing PACER Account - For Current Filers
To continue to electronically file documents in our court, you must link your upgraded PACER account to your CM/ECF account. When linking is complete, you will use your PACER account to file documents with the court. This is referred to as your Central Sign-On account. Click here to view instructions on how to Link your Existing PACER Account.
Request E-Filing Privileges - For New Filers
To electronically file documents in our court, new filers must request e-filing privileges from their PACER account. If you are an attorney, click here to view instructions on how to submit the request. For non-attorneys (creditors, filing agents, and trustees), 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. Click here for information on a PACER Administrative Account (PAA).
NextGen requires filing agents to have their own upgraded PACER account. A filing agent uses their own individual PACER account to access a court's database. If your filing agent does not have an individual PACER account, they will need to register for a non-attorney account through PACER services.
For PACER questions, please refer to the following links:
If you have any questions or need further assistance, contact the ECF Help Desk at (808) 523-7373.