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CM/ECF Registration (NextGen)


On April 30, 2018, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Iowa upgraded the Case Management/Electronic Case Filing System (CM/ECF) to the Next Generation of CM/ECF (NextGen). NextGen allows filers to maintain a single login and password for Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) access and e-filing in all NextGen federal courts in which you have permission to e-file.


Attorney Filers

The Federal Judiciary has implemented a nationwide centralized attorney admissions and e-filing registration process. For information on attorney registration, click here or see the Helpful Job Aids below.

Per Local Rule 2090-1(a) for Iowa Northern Bankruptcy, "The bar of the Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Iowa shall consist of those attorneys who are admitted to practice and who remain in good standing before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa."

Click here for Pro Hac Vice Registration instructions.

Out of State Attorneys:  Attorneys who are not admitted to practice in the Northern District of Iowa or admitted Pro Hac Vice are not eligible for a full attorney account in ECF.  Use Non-Attorney Filer privileges to access ECF (see below). 

Filing Agents

A "Filing Agent" is a user that can file on behalf of attorneys or trustees. Note: If you are filing on behalf of a creditor, select Creditor, not Filing Agent. If you are filing on behalf of a Financial Management Provider, select Party, not Filing Agent.

All filing agents must have their own upgraded PACER account and may be linked to multiple attorneys and trustees. Filing agents have the same access and permissions as the attorney or trustee; however, when they use their login and password, the attorney's or trustee's name appears 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 the attorney's CM/ECF Maintain User Account.  For information on filing agents, click here.

Non-Attorney Filers

A "Non-Attorney Filer" is a user that has limited filing privileges, such as Creditors, Trustees, U.S. Trustees, Transcribers, Filing Agents and Other Parties (e.g., Financial Management Providers) who are not attorneys.  Iowa Northern Bankruptcy does not allow Pro Se Debtor electronic filers.  For information on Non-Attorney registration, click here or see the Helpful Job Aids below.

Firm Billing

The PACER Service Center has developed a consolidated billing and online account process for groups to manage and pay for all charges associated with multiple PACER accounts. For information on a PACER Administrative Account (PAA), click here.

PACER Contact Information

Helpful Job Aids

Questions regarding NextGen CM/ECF should be directed to the court at (319) 286-2200 or (712) 233-3939.