TNED NextGen Implementation
On December 6, 2019, at noon, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee will begin 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 to access any NextGen court within which they practice using one login and password.
The Tennessee Eastern District Court plans to complete the upgrade to NextGen by December 9, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. Please plan for the system to be unavailable for electronic filing from Friday, December 6, 2019 at noon thru Monday December 9, 2019 at 8:30 a.m.
Central Sign-On allows all CM/ECF users to maintain one account across all NextGen courts (appellate, district, and bankruptcy) and to sign in one time to access all the courts in which they have permission to e-file. Each user is identified with the appropriate level of access in each court. The PACER Service Center supports outside user requests for attorney admissions and e-filing recognition for various courts. Courts continue to be responsible for admitting attorneys and assigning e-filing permissions to users.
In order to prepare for NextGen, you must complete a few preliminary steps. Your PACER Account will be your login (entry point for both PACER and CM/ECF). Therefore, you must have access to an individual PACER Account.
NextGen Account Information
1. Obtain your own PACER account
2. Note your upgraded PACER username and password
3. Note your current CM/ECF username and password
4. Link your PACER and CM/ECF Accounts
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if I have an upgraded PACER account?
Attorneys can determine if their account is upgraded or not by logging in to PACER. If they click Manage Your Account, and look next to Account Type, it will indicate if the account is “Legacy” or “Upgraded”. Upgraded PACER accounts have usernames that are at least 8 characters. You may have upgraded your PACER account recently if you practice before another court that already has migrated to NextGen, such as the Sixth Circuit. If your username is 6 characters, you do not have an upgraded account. Go to https://www.pacer.gov/ 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 to file in this Court.
My law firm uses a shared PACER account. Can we continue to use that account?
Not for e-filing. 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 for read-only access may continue to share an account.
I linked my account when the Court of Appeals or another District or Bankruptcy Court converted. Do I have to link my account again?
Yes, once the Court is live on NextGen, you must link your PACER account to your Eastern District of Tennessee District Court CM/ECF account before you can file in this 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 and more information on CJA accounts. https://www.tned.uscourts.gov/sites/tned/files/NextGen_Procedure_For_CJA_Attorneys.pdf
NextGen Frequently Asked Questions from eFilers