The United States Court Of Appeals For The Federal Circuit Goes Live With NEXTGEN CM/ECF On March 19, 2018

The Federal Circuit is completing its move to the NextGen CM/ECF system, which is scheduled to go live on March 19, 2018. This is good news for those of you who have issues with Java and would like to use a broader range of browsers like Chrome and Safari to do your e-filing. The interface is changing to allow a more standard approach to e-filing across all the circuits and combines the account management features.

For those filing around this time, please note that you must update your account by Wednesday, March 14, 2018. After that date, registration will be closed while the conversion happens. The Court will also be closed (treating the day as a holiday for deadlines) on Friday, March 16, 2018.

One important change being implemented: each user must have an individual account as firm-wide and shared accounts are no longer permitted. The firm may set up a PACER Administrative Account for consolidating billing and account management.

Here are a few steps you need to take NOW to be ready for any subsequent filing:

    1. Upgrade your legacy PACER account if you haven't already done so. (You have been upgraded if you've filed in any of the other Courts that have already moved to NextGen or if you created your account after August 10, 2014.) Some helpful information on upgrading is available here: or view the PACER tutorial here:
    2. Link your upgraded PACER account to your Federal Circuit CM/ECF e-filer account. (Unfortunately for anyone due around the start date, you will not be able to do this until March 19.)

To view the Court's NextGen Notice and information page, please go here:

Counsel Press's clients will continue to enjoy a smooth transition for their appellate filings as we always take care of the procedural aspects regardless of how the briefs are filed. E-filing allows enhanced capabilities for your electronic briefs and record extracts through inclusion of hyperlinks, bookmarks, searchable text and other navigation features that will make an impact on all users. For more information on e-Briefs or other Appellate issues, please contact John C. Kruesi, Esq.

Tagged: Appellate Practice, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Electronic Briefs