In the legacy CM/ECF application, public users were redirected to the Pay.gov website whenever a fee payment was required; the payer had to enter credit card information each time a payment was made.
In NextGen CM/ECF, the PACER Service Center (PSC) collects credit card information from public users during the registration process. When users click a Pay Now button in NextGen CM/ECF, they are redirected to the PSC
(rather than to pay.gov), which displays the payment screens. Users can make the payment with stored payment information (credit card, or direct debit if the court allows), or can enter it as before. The PSC transmits the
transaction data to Pay.gov.
Practitioners who do not wish to pay on-line may still pay by cash, check, certified check, money order.
Access to ECF will automatically be disabled after two days for attorneys who have outstanding filing fees. If access is disabled, the filer can still log in to ECF, but will not be able to view or file documents. Access is enabled by clicking on “Utilities” in the main menu, then clicking on “Internet Payments Due” to pay outstanding fees. Practitioners will not have the option of selecting a specific transaction, but must pay all fees due in order to regain access to the system. Once all fees are paid, access to CM/ECF is regained by clicking "Logout" from the main menu, closing the browser, reopening the browser, and logging back into the CM/ECF system.
In addition, the court will continue to dismiss cases without prejudice for failure to pay the filing fees if the payment is not made within two business days, regardless of which payment method is used.
If you have any questions please contact Robert Seuzeneau at (504) 589-7861.