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Regular Maintenance

CM/ECF in the First Circuit Court of Appeals will be unavailable from 10:00 pm until midnight on Saturdays, when necessary for system maintenance.


The First Circuit Court of Appeals upgraded its CM/ECF document filing system to the Next Generation of CM/ECF ("NextGen") on August 21, 2017. Users who had a CM/ECF account in this court prior to that date, as well as new users, must register for a NextGen account.

Users who already have a NextGen account in another court can log in to PACER under Manage My Account and request access in this court under the Maintenance tab.

In the NextGen system, all users are required to have their own PACER account. Organizations that wish to consolidate billing and receive one invoice for charges associated with multiple PACER accounts can register for a PACER Administrative Account ("PAA"). All questions regarding PAA accounts should be directed to the PACER Service Center at (800) 676-6856.

Forgotten Username/Password

CM/ECF usernames and passwords are maintained by the PACER Service Center. The court does not have access to your password. If you have forgotten your username and/or password, you must contact the PACER Service Center.

Documentation and Training



  • PACER Service Center
    Contact the PACER Service Center if you need technical assistance or you forgot your login or password.
    800-676-6856 (M-F, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. CST)
  • Clerk's Office CM/ECF Help Desk
    Contact the CM/ECF Help Desk if you have a general question related to electronic filing. Please do not email documents to the Help Desk.
    617-748-9200 (M-F, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST)
  • Case Manager
    Contact the case manager if you have a question related to a specific case or need assistance correcting an error.
    617-748-9057 (M-F, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST)