News & Announcements

Second Notice to Public Filers – Fourth Circuit Next Gen CM/ECF Implementation

October 13, 2017

On November 13, 2017, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals will implement Next Gen CM/ECF.

 Next Gen CM/ECF includes significant enhancements for public filers.  They include:

  • Elimination of Java plug-in requirement – Users will no longer have to download and regularly update Java on their computers in order to file.
  • Increased browser compatibility – Next Gen CM/ECF is compatible with Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Internet Explorer and Safari.
  • Enhanced user interface – The public filer interface has been updated and improved.  Check out the Preview to see what changes are coming. 
  • Central/single sign on – Public filers will utilize an Upgraded PACER account credentials to log in to Next Gen CM/ECF.  Eventually, all federal courts will require Upgraded PACER credentials for access.  In order to prepare for Next Gen CM/ECF public filers should ensure they have an INDIVIDUAL Upgraded PACER account.  For additional information regarding Upgraded PACER accounts see Next Gen Account FAQs.  Questions regarding PACER account registration should be directed to the PACER Service Center at 800-676-6856.

Additional information regarding Next Gen CM/ECF in the Fourth Circuit is available at  Questions regarding filing in the Fourth Circuit should be directed to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ECF Help Desk at 804-916-2767.