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NextGen Information

NextGen CM/ECF

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa upgraded CM/ECF to NextGen CM/ECF on December 16, 2019.

If you have filed in another NextGen court (including the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals) your PACER account already qualifies. However, YOU MUST STILL link your PACER account with your current CM/ECF account as described in the FYI below.

E-Filers MUST do the following in order to file in the Northern District of Iowa:

Step 1: Register to obtain your own individual PACER account if you do not already have one. Instructions for obtaining an individual PACER account are available here. (See below for information regarding central billing to a firm.) You MUST have your own account to file in a NextGen court. If you already have your own PACER account proceed to Step 2.

Step 2: If you have your own individual PACER account, you will need to upgrade your account if it was created prior to August 2014. Follow these instructions to determine if you have an upgraded account or to proceed with upgrading if you donot have an upgraded account.

Step 3: Make note of the CM/ECF username and password you are currently using to file in the Northern District of Iowa. If you do not know your current CM/ECF login and password, please complete the form here.  This only applies toyour CM/ECF account. We cannot reset your PACER information. To reset your PACER account, you must contact directly.

Step 4:   You must link your upgraded PACER account to your current CM/ECF account before you can file in the Northern District of Iowa. After the launch date follow these instructions to link your account.


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