The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana is upgrading its CMECF software to the Next Generation (NextGen) of CM/ECF. We will go live with NextGen on February 18, 2019. NextGen is the culmination of a multi-year project headed by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts to provide for the current and future filing and case management needs of all CM/ECF users.
CM/ECF will be unavailable for electronic filing during the upgrade. This will occur Friday, February 15, 2019 at 12:00 noon thru Monday, February 18, 2019 at 8:30a.m.
What You Should Do Now
- You must have you own individual PACER Account. If you do not have a PACER account, you must register for one at PACER.gov before the Court upgrades to NextGen. Shared PACER accounts cannot be used for filing once the Court has upgraded.
- You must have an upgraded PACER account. A key feature of NextGen is the new logon module that allows you to use your PACER account login information to access any NextGen Court. This module requires that you have an upgraded PACER account. Accounts created after August 2014 are already updgraded. To upgrade your account or to check to see if it has already been upgraded, follow these instructions: HOW TO UPGRADE YOUR PACER ACCOUNT
- You must know your current CM/ECF password. If your login information is stored in your browser it will be lost, and not recoverable. Once the Court upgrades, you must link your existing ECF accounts to your upgraded PACER accounts for Central Sign-On. If you do not know your login or password, please contact the Court to reset your CM/ECF password.
What You Should Do After Go-Live (February 18, 2019. 8:30am)
- You must link your upgraded PACER account to your LAEB NextGen CM/ECF account. Users will NOT be able to file in NextGen until their CM/ECF account is linked to their upgraded individual PACER account. HOW TO LINK YOUR PACER ACCOUNT TO YOUR NEXTGEN CM/ECF ACCOUNT.
NextGen Frequently Asked Questions (this link will take you to the NextGen Training FAQ page of the PACER Service Center).
FOR MORE INFORMATION on the improvements and the upgrade process, please visit https://www.pacer.gov/nextgen. Also, there are several Electronic Learning Modules (ELMs) available at: https://train.pacer.gov/ecfcbt/cso/index.html
Questions can be directed to the court’s helpdesk at firstname.lastname@example.org or by contacting the Clerk’s Office directly at (504) 589-7878.