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NextGen - What It Means For You

The District Court has upgraded its Case Management/Electronic Case Filing System (CM/ECF) to the Next Generation of CM/ECF (NextGen). This upgrade provides users with several new benefits.  One of these benefits is Central Sign-On, a login process which allows e-filing attorneys to use one PACER login and password to access any NextGen court (district, appellate and bankruptcy) in which they practice.

The U.S. District Court converted to NextGen CM/ECF on April 23, 2018.  The U.S. Bankruptcy Court converted to NextGen CM/ECF on July 9, 2018.

Attorneys must obtain their own PACER account and upgrade it. Your PACER account is your login to CM/ECF, and therefore you MUST have your own individual PACER account. E-filing attorneys are not be able to use shared PACER accounts. Please click the PACER link below for more information regarding how to upgrade your existing PACER account or how to register for a new PACER account. After upgrading or obtaining your PACER account, you must then link your PACER account to your current CM/ECF account. Linking instructions can be found within the PACER tab below.

Note: Not all courts have implemented NextGen CM/ECF. If you file in courts that have not converted to NextGen, you must continue to use that court's CM/ECF login and password until they implement NextGen CM/ECF. To see the current status for courts, click here.

Attorney Admissions contact information: 

  • District password information contact Jeri Russel at 573-636-4015
  • Bankruptcy password information contact Cecelia Parle at 816-512-1838

PACER contact information:

NextGen Correspondence to Attorneys and Law Firms

PACER

Registering for a PACER Account

You must have your own PACER Account, which will be linked to your CM/ECF filing account once the court has implemented NextGen. Shared PACER accounts cannot be used by CM/ECF filers once the Court has upgraded.

Instructions for Registering for a PACER Account

In order to use NextGen, attorneys with individual CM/ECF accounts must have individual PACER accounts. If you do not have your own PACER account, follow the steps below to register for an account.

  1. Go to www.pacer.gov
     
  2. Select Register from main menu bar

  3. Select PACER-Case Search Only from left panel
  4. Select link Register for a PACER Account Now
  5. Complete the PACER – Case Search Only Registration form and select Individual as the User Type and Click NEXT.

    NOTE: If you work for a government agency, make the appropriate selection from the Government Accounts category.
     
  6. Select a User Name, Password, select the security questions and click NEXT.
     
  7. Enter the payment information to be saved. This screen is optional.

Providing a credit card is optional. If you would like to register without providing a credit card, click Next without entering any information on this screen. For instant access to PACER,  the credit card information will be validated. There is no registration charge; however, the credit card will be charged quarterly for any fees incurred. If you submit your registration request without providing credit card information, you will receive an activation code by U.S. mail in 7-10 business days.

  1. Confirm you have read the policies and procedures.
  2. The last screen will thank you for registering with the PACER service center. This account is just for viewing documents, not for e-filing.  If you already had a CM/ECF account with our court, please follow the instructions for linking your new PACER login with your current CM/ECF credentials.

Upgrading Your PACER Account

If you have your own individual PACER account and it was created prior to August 11, 2014 (also known as a Legacy account), you must upgrade your account before you can electronically file in a NextGen court.

1. Navigate to www.pacer.gov
2. Click Manage My Account at the very top of the page.

3. Login with your PACER username and password.
4. Click the Upgrade link next to the Account Type.

5. Follow prompts to update/enter all necessary information in each tab.

  • Select INDIVIDUAL as your User Type at the bottom of the first screen. Click Next.

  • Complete the Address section. Click Next.
  • Create a NEW username and password at the Security screen. Click Submit.

 

 

Linking PACER Account to NextGen

PACER Administrative Accounts

Pacer Administrative Accounts

The PACER Service Center (PSC) has developed the PACER Administrative Account (PAA) to allow firms to manage all their PACER user accounts and allow for central billing for PACER access fees.

NOTE: The PAA will not allow you to access case information.

CJA PACER Procedure

CJA Attorneys please note that you will only need one PACER account for filing and viewing in CM/ECF NextGen.  If you have a separate exempt CJA account now, those exempt privileges will be added to your individual upgraded PACER account.

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Saving Payment Information for PACER and E-Filing

  1. Login to www.pacer.gov
  2. Select Manage My Account
  3. Login with your upgraded PACER login and password and click Login.
  4. Select Payments Tab
     
  5. Select Manage My Stored Payment Information
     
  6. Select the link Set e-filing fees default to set the credit card as the default payment for E-filing.
     
  7. A checkmark will be placed in the box for E-filing fees due default.  Click Turn Off link if you do not want to use the default feature.
     

NOTE: If you have not already set a default payment for PACER search fees during registration, select Set Autobill PACER fees link.
 

PACER Contact Information

PACER FAQs

Attorney Bar Registration

Requirements for Admission

An attorney is eligible for admission to the Bar of this District if he or she is a member in good standing of either the Missouri Bar or the Bar of the United States District Court for the District of Kansas.

Registration for Admission

In order to request admission to practice, you must have an upgraded individual PACER account. If you do not have an upgraded individual PACER Account (see Instructions for Upgrading Your PACER account). Once you have a PACER Account, follow the steps below to request filing access.

  1. Navigate to www.pacer.gov
     
  2. Click Manage My Account at the very top of the page
     
  3. Login with your upgraded individual PACER account username and password
     
  4. Click on Maintenance tab
     
  5. Select Attorney Admission/E-File Registration
     
  6. Select U.S. District Courts as the Court Type and Missouri Western District Court as the Court. Click Next.
     
  7. Select Attorney Admissions and E-File
     
  8. Complete all five sections of the required registration information:

Attorney Bar Information:

  1. Check one or both boxes to indicate the federal or state courts to which you are admitted.
  2. Click on the +Add button to select and add the state and/or federal court(s) to which you are admitted.

Sponsoring Attorney: 

  1. Enter the required information for ONE of your sponsoring attorneys.

Attorney Information:

  1. Enter your personal information and acknowledge the admission fee or request a waiver of fees.

Document Upload:

  1. Click the Upload button, then +Browse to attach the Certificates from Two Active, 5-Year Members of this Court’s Bar. **Note that the two certificates should be saved and uploaded as one PDF document.**

Additional Attorney Information Required by Court:

  1. Answer all questions and click Next.
  1. Complete the personal information on the E-File Registration screen and click Next. Note that HTML is the preferred Email Format.
  2. Set default payment information, if desired (not required). Click Next when finished or to bypass this screen. You can add a credit card or ACH payment method for each of the following fee types:
    ·    P: PACER search fees
    ·    E: Filing fees
    ·    A: Admissions/renewal fees
    To use the same account for multiple fee types, once the account information is entered, click on the letter(s) on the left to designate the entered payment method to that account. The letter icon will turn from grey to blue once it has been designated an account.
  3. Check the Acknowledgment of Policies and Procedures for Attorney Admissions box and the two Attorney E-Filing Terms of Use acknowledgment boxes.
  4. Click Submit. The court will review your admission request and provide you with further instructions (including a link to pay the admission fee online) via email. Please note that you must pay your admission fee online.  

U.S. Government Attorneys

In order to request admission to practice, you must have an upgraded individual PACER account. If you do not have an upgraded individual PACER Account (see Instructions for Upgrading Your PACER account). Once you have a PACER Account, follow the steps below to request filing access.

  1. Navigate to www.pacer.gov
  2. Click Manage My Account at the top of the page
     
  3. Login with your upgraded individual PACER account username and password
     
  4. Click on the Maintenance tab
     
  5. Select Attorney Admission/E-File Registration
     
  6. Select U.S. District Courts as the Court Type and Missouri Western District Court as the Court. Click Next.  
     
  7. Select Federal Attorney
     
  8. Complete the personal information on the E-File Registration screen and click Next. Note that HTML is the preferred Email Format.
     
     
    Set default payment information if desired (not required). Click Next when finished, or to bypass this screen. You can add a credit card or ACH payment method for each of the following fee types: 
    · P: PACER search fees
    · E: Filing fees
    · A: Admissions/renewal fees
    To use the same account for multiple fee types, once account information is entered, click on the letter(s) on the left to designate the entered payment method to that account. The letter icon will turn from grey to blue once it has been designated an account. 
     
  9. Check the Acknowledgment of Policies and Procedures for Attorney Admissions box and the two Attorney E-Filing Terms of Use acknowledgment boxes.
     
  10. Click Submit. The court will review your admission request and provide you with further instructions by email if necessary. 

Pro Hac Vice Attorneys

The following steps may be completed before a pro hac vice motion is filed, however, E-Filing privileges will NOT be granted until a motion has been approved by the Court. The Motion for Pro Hac Admission can be found here, and must be filed in CM/ECF along with the applicable fee. The Pro Hac motion must be filed by the sponsoring attorney.

  1. Navigate to www.pacer.gov
  2. Click Manage My Account at the very top of the page
     
  3. Login with your upgraded PACER username and password. (See Instructions for Upgrading Your PACER account if you have a Legacy password.)
     
  4. Click on the Maintenance tab
  5. Select Attorney Admission/E-File Registration
     
  6. Select U.S. District Courts as the Court Type and Missouri Western District Court as the Court. Click Next.  
     
  7. Select Pro Hac Vice as the type of Admission you are requesting.
     
  8. Complete the personal information on the E-File Registration section, INCLUDING the Additional Filer Information shown below and click Next.
     
     
  9. Set default payment information if desired (not required). Click Next when finished, or to bypass this screen. You can add a credit card or ACH payment method for each of the following fee types: 
    · P: PACER search fees
    · E: Filing fees
    · A: Admissions/renewal fees
    To use the same account for multiple fee types, once account information is entered, click on the letter(s) on the left to designate the entered payment method to that account. The letter icon will turn from grey to blue once it has been designated an account. 
     
  10. Check the two Attorney E-Filing Terms and Conditions acknowledgment boxes.
     
  11. Click Submit. The Court will review your pro hac admission request and provide you with further instructions via e-mail.  NOTE: Your filing request will not be approved until the Motion for Pro Hac Vice has been filed in CM/ECF AND granted by the Court.

MDL Attorneys

If you have previously registered with the Court as a pro hac vice attorney, these steps are not necessary for you. Please ensure that your contact information is still current with the Court.

  1. Navigate to www.pacer.gov
  2. Click Manage My Account at the very top of the page
     
  3. Login with your PACER username and password
     
  4. Click on the Maintenance tab
  5. Select Attorney Admission/E-File Registration
     
  6. Select U.S. District Courts as the Court Type and Missouri Western District Court as the Court. Click Next.  
     
  7. Select Multi-District Litigation as the type of Admission you are requesting.
     
  8. Complete the personal information on the E-File Registration section, INCLUDING the Additional Filer Information shown below and click Next.
     
     
  9. Set default payment information if desired (not required). Click Next when finished, or to bypass this screen. You can add a credit card or ACH payment method for each of the following fee types: 
    · P: PACER search fees
    · E: Filing fees
    · A: Admissions/renewal fees
    To use the same account for multiple fee types, once account information is entered, click on the letter(s) on the left to designate the entered payment method to that account. The letter icon will turn from grey to blue once it has been designated an account. 
     
  10. Check the two Attorney E-Filing Terms and Conditions acknowledgment boxes.
     
  11. Click Submit. The court will review your admission request and provide you with further instructions by email if necessary. 

Bankruptcy Attorneys

Register to E-File as a Bankruptcy Attorney

In order to request admission to practice, you must have an upgraded individual PACER account. If you do not have an upgraded individual PACER Account see Instructions for Upgrading Your PACER account. Once you have a PACER Account, follow the steps below to request filing access.

  1. Navigate to www.pacer.gov
  2. Click Manage My Account at the very top of the page
     
  3. Login with your upgraded individual PACER account username and password
     
  4. Click on the Maintenance tab
     
  5. Select Attorney Admission/E-File Registration
     
  6. Select U.S. Bankruptcy Courts as the Court Type and Missouri Western Bankruptcy Court as the Court. Click Next.  
     
  7. Select E-File Registration Only
     
  8. The information from your registered PACER account will display.
  9. From the Role in Court drop down list, select Attorney.
     
  10. Complete all other required fields and click Next.
  11. The payment information screen will display. Set default payment information (not required). Click Next when finished or to bypass this screen.
     
  12. E-Filing Terms and Conditions will display. Place checkmark in the boxes to accept the terms and click Submit.
     
  13. The confirmation page will display. 
     

Register to E-File as a Limited Filer

In order to request E-Filing permission as a Limited Filer, you must have an upgraded individual PACER account. If you do not have an upgraded individual PACER Account see Instructions for Upgrading Your PACER account. Once you have a PACER Account, follow the steps below to request filing access.

  1. Navigate to www.pacer.gov
  2. Click Manage My Account at the very top of the page
     
  3. Login with your upgraded individual PACER account username and password
     
  4. Click on the Maintenance tab
     
  5. Select Non-Attorney E-File Registration
     
  6. Select U.S. Bankruptcy Courts as the Court Type and Missouri Western Bankruptcy Court as the Court. Click Next.  
     
  7. The information from your registered PACER account will display. 
  8. From the Role in Court drop down list, select the appropriate filing role.
     
  9. Complete all other required fields and click Next.
  10. The payment information screen will display. Set default payment information (not required). Click Next when finished or to bypass this screen.
     
  11. Non-Attorney E-Filing Terms and Conditions will display. Place checkmark in the boxes to accept the terms and click Submit.
     
  12. The confirmation page will display. 
     

Non-Attorney Filers

  1. Navigate to www.pacer.gov
  2. Click Manage My Account at the very top of the page
     
  3. Login with your upgraded PACER username and password. See instructions for Upgrading Your PACER account, if necessary.
     
  4. Click on the Maintenance tab
     
  5. Select Non-Attorney Admission/E-File Registration
     
  6. Complete all sections of the E-File Registration section and click Next. Select U.S. District Courts as the Court Type and Western District of Missouri as the Court.
     
  7. Set default payment information if desired (not required). Click Next when finished, or to bypass this screen. You can add a credit card or ACH payment method for each of the following fee types: 
    • P: PACER search fees
    • E: Filing fees
    • A: Admissions/renewal fees

    To use the same account for multiple fee types, once account information is entered, click on the letter(s) on the left to designate the entered payment method to that account. The letter icon will turn from grey to blue once it has been designated an account.
     

  8. Check the two Non-Attorney E-Filing Terms and Conditions acknowledgment boxes.
     
  9. Click Submit. The court will review your admission request and provide you with further instructions via email.

Filing Agents

Filing Agents

A "Filing Agent" is a user that can file on behalf of attorneys or trustees.  All filing agents must have their own upgraded PACER account and may be linked to multiple attorneys and trustees.  The filing agent will have the same access and permissions as the attorney or trustee. However, when the filing agent uses their login and password, the attorneys' or trustees' name will appear in the docket text as the filer.

Filing Agents may receive email notification, but only if the attorney or trustee enters the filing agent's email address in their CM/ECF Maintain User Account.  See the tab below titled: "Adding Additional Email Accounts in CM/ECF."

Process for Filing Agents:

  1. Upgrade current PACER account or Register for an upgraded PACER account. Filing Agents MUST register under Non-Attorney E-File Registration.
  2. Request E-filing privileges with the court through PACER - OR - if you already have a CM/ECF login & Password, Link your CM/ECF account to your PACER account.
  3. The attorney or trustee must link the Filing Agent to their CM/ECF account. Note: If an attorney or trustee had filing agents prior to NextGen, the Filing Agent is already linked to their CM/ECF account. The attorney/trustee will only need to modify the Filing Agent’s permissions.

Adding Additional Email Accounts in CM/ECF

  1. Click Utilities.
  2. Click Your Accounts.
  3. Click Maintain Your ECF Account.
  4. Click Email Information.
  5. Enter the secondary email address in two fields: Secondary E-Mail Address and Reenter Secondary E-Mail Address.
  6. Click To the Secondary Addresses if you want notices to be sent to secondary email address.
  7. Click Return to Account Screen.
  8. Click Submit.

Filing Agent: Has a CM/ECF Account But No PACER Account

  1. Register for a Non-Attorney PACER account.
  2. Link PACER TO CM/ECF.   See the "Linking PACER Account to NextGen" under the "PACER" tab above.
  3. Attorney or Trustee links Filing Agent to CM/ECF account.
    1. Click Utilities > Your Accounts > Maintain Your ECF Account > More User Information
    2. In the Find Filing Agent field, enter the name of the Filing Agent and click the search icon.
    3. Select Filing Agent.
    4. Click on the Filing Agent’s name once it has been linked, and the Update Filing Agent Permissions box will appear.
    5. Change Internet Payment to Y and click Save.
    6. Click Return to Account Screen.
    7. Click Submit.

Filing Agent: Has a CM/ECF Account and a PACER Account

  1. Upgrade your PACER account.
  2. Link PACER to CM/ECF account. See the "Linking PACER Account to NextGen" under the "PACER" tab above.
  3. Attorney or Trustee links Filing Agent to CM/ECF account.
    1. Click Utilities > Your Accounts > Maintain Your ECF Account > More User Information
    2. In the Find Filing Agent field, enter the name of the Filing Agent and click the search icon.
    3. Select Filing Agent.
    4. Click on the Filing Agent’s name once it has been linked, and the Update Filing Agent Permissions box will appear.
    5. Change Internet Payment to Y and click Save.
    6. Click Return to Account Screen.
    7. Click Submit.

Filing Agent: No CM/ECF Account and No PACER Account

  1. Register for a Non-Attorney PACER account.
  2. Register for a Non-Attorney CM/ECF account. See the "Non-Attorney Filers" tab above.
  3. Attorney or Trustee links Filing Agent to CM/ECF account.
    1. Click Utilities > Your Accounts > Maintain Your ECF Account > More User Information
    2. In the Find Filing Agent field, enter the name of the Filing Agent and click the search icon.
    3. Select Filing Agent.
    4. Click on the Filing Agent’s name once it has been linked, and the Update Filing Agent Permissions box will appear.
    5. Change Internet Payment to Y and click Save.
    6. Click Return to Account Screen.
    7. Click Submit.

Attorney or Trustee: Linking Filing Agent to CM/ECF Account

An approved Filing Agent will need their account linked to the attorney or trustee’s CM/ECF account.

  1. Click Utilities > Your Accounts > Maintain Your ECF Account > More User Information
  2. In the Find Filing Agent field, enter the name of the Filing Agent and click the search icon.
  3. Select Filing Agent.
  4. Click on the Filing Agent’s name once it has been linked, and the Update Filing Agent Permissions box will appear.
  5. Change Internet Payment to Y and click Save.
  6. Click Return to Account Screen.
  7. Click Submit.