Next Gen CM/ECF


Fourth Circuit CM/ECF Unavailable from 6pm Thursday, November 9, 2017, until 8am, Monday, November 13, 2017

November 06, 2017

CM/ECF Filing for the Fourth Circuit will be unavailable from 6pm Thursday, November 9, 2017, until 8am Monday, November 13, 2017, for conversion to Next Gen CM/ECF.  Additionally, users will be unable to access Fourth Circuit PACER to view case dockets and documents during this outage.

Any filing deadlines that fall during the outage are extended to November 13, 2017. 

If you have an emergency filing during the outage, please contact Pat Connor at Pat_Connor@ca4.uscourts.gov.

Notice will be posted on November 13, 2017, when Next Gen CM/ECF is operational.  For information on Next Gen CM/ECF account requirements, see Upgrade a PACER Account.  Instructions for filing in Next Gen CM/ECF will be posted on the Court’s website on November 13, 2017.

Additional information regarding Next Gen CM/ECF in the Fourth Circuit is available at http://www.ca4.uscourts.gov/caseinformationefiling/efiling_cm-ecf/cm-ecf-next-gen.


Highlights of the Next Gen system include:

  • Java is no longer required to run appellate CM/ECF.
  • Next Gen is compatible with most commonly used browsers, including Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Internet Explorer and Safari.
  • You will use the same account for both electronic filing and PACER access.
  • Your username and password will be the same in all bankruptcy, district and appellate courts that have upgraded to Next Gen.
  • The interface will be the same in all bankruptcy, district and appellate courts that have upgraded to Next Gen.
  • The interface has been enhanced.  See Preview.